FAQ – Questions about the AKA Web Site

Why does the web site keep changing?
Although we try to provide a stable internet experience for members, the internet and web site technology is constantly “advancing”.  Also, our web masters are volunteers and there is the occasional turnover of web masters. We strive to provide the best web site possible while automating as many of the day-to-day tasks as possible. All this means that there will be the occasional changes in the appearance of the web site and the way things work.

I would like to thank the previous two web masters: Barry Cooper and Tom Grady. They have laid the foundation upon which we continue to build.  R.W. Pierce

 What is the difference between the Visitor Resources and the Member Resources areas?
 The AKA welcomes anyone interested in killifish to our web site and events, but as a member-oriented organization we must keep some parts of the site and some services for our members only. Visitor resources are designed to give all guests to the web site some of the basic information about the killifish hobby and how to get started keeping killifish. The AKA leadership sees this as an obligation to the fish keeping community in general. We truly want everyone to be able to enjoy and keep killifish, even if you decide that AKA Membership is not for you. We also believe that success will generate further interest in killifish and we will be here when you are ready to advance your killie-keeping interests.

You used to allow web site memberships. Where have those gone?Web site only memberships allowed users to post to the forums but did not give access to other membership benefits. The AKA leadership and web master removed this membership level to simplify membership management and provide better service to our members. Visitors can still read the forums but cannot post to the forums.

How do I join the AKA?
Through the join or renew link on the top menu or through the join and renew link under visitor resources in the left menu.  If you do not wish to pay with PayPal you may send a check or money order made out to “American Killifish Association” to Bob Meyer, 733 County Road 600 East, Tolono, IL 61880.  Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for processing.  You will receive an e-mail with your username & password when payment has cleared.

How do I log in for the Member’s Resources area?
If you are not logged in as a member you do not have access to Member’s Only areas including the Business Newsletter.  If you do not see Member’s Resources in the left menu bar, you are not logged in

To log in, use the Login link on the right side under Members.  You need to enter your Username and Password.  If you have forgotten your password you may click the link “Forgot Password” and an e-mail will be sent to your e-mail address on record allowing you to change your password.

What is my username?
When you join the AKA you are assigned a username and password. Members with accounts existing before December 2014 will have a username comprising the first initial of your first name followed by your last name. After December 2014 new membership software assigned a username comprised of the e-mail address you used to join the AKA.

Can I change my user name and password?
You can edit everything except your username. Under Members on the right go to “My Account”.  You can update all your information except username. If you have a reason to require a new username you may send a request to webmaster@aka.org. We do not believe that people should be able to hide behind aliases so your username must be either your first initial of your first name followed by your last name or your e-mail address. The ability of people to post things online anonymously has led to much of the incivility that plagues the internet.

What if I have problems registering or joining the AKA?
In the unlikely event that you cannot successfully join or renew your membership, please contact membership@aka.org. Please note that registration will not be complete until membership dues have been received and cleared. Membership is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees and the AKA has the right to reject prospective members without explanation.

How can I find other AKA members?
Under Member’s Resources in the Member’s Library you will find the AKA Roster.  This roster will be updated periodically.  Please note that the roster is considered proprietary information for use by AKA members only.

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