Aplogies for the recent problems with the RIBnet forums not being available.
If you are a registered user you should have received an email giving a temporary, alternate address. If you didn't receive an email then go into your user control panel and check that your emai address is still valid. Also check under Edit options that "Allow Bulletin Board Administrators and Moderators To Send You Email Notices?" is set to Yes.
The problem was caused by a very simple error: I didn't renew the domain name used for the forums (rib.net) in time
For those of you interested, this means that the registrar deletes the DNS information from the domain record. Unfortunately this particular registrar doesn't reinstate the original details on renewal, causing a further delay.
Onwards and sideways . . .