This always happens.
I go to a website, try to access part of it, find it needs a registration. Or i try to post something on their discussion board. And it begins.
Umm.. do i have an account here already? I've been to this site before, haven't i? Did i register before? It was a long time ago, wasn't it? Have they deleted my account by now?
Maybe i should just sign in and see if it works. What user account did i use? What password did i use? There's about twenty different ways of combining all the different usernames and passwords i switch between almost at random depending on what's allowed, and almost all twenty have been used at least once, somewhere.There's an "i forgot my password" feature, but that isn't really much help without an "i forgot my username" feature, now is it? Of course, sometimes they're nice and have an "email password" feature. Those are lifesavers, or they would be if i hadn't signed up for that particular account way back when my e-mail was still on earthlink.
Whatever. I must not be in their database. I'll just sign up.
Oh. mcc's already taken. Is that me or not? OK, mccbaka's taken. That's me, it must be. I have been here before. Why didn't any of my passwords work? Maybe i mistyped one of them? What if the password here is something specific only to this site that was mailed to me and never changed from the random default? Maybe i still have the email sitting somewhere? On which computer, under which e-mail client, in which archive..?
I have so many accounts on so many places and sign up for so many of them nonchalantly
i can't possibly keep track of them all, and then things happen like me signing up under mcc, mccbaka, and mcc-baka on the appleinsider discussion boards at different times and forgetting all the passwords, blocking me from either using those accounts or recreating them. At times like this, something like apple
begins to look like an incredibly delicious idea.. and an incredibly dangerous one, since it means you lose your keychain and you become even more
helpless than you would be had you never had it in the first place.
Of course, the little process of discovery isn't nice and linear like it is above. I usually just fall in at one of the paragraphs above at random, and then bounce between them at random. Confused. Lost. Eventually, just so i can get IN, i'll just wind up signing up a new account under some random name with no connection to anything, which i will have forgotten by the next time i visit the site.