When you click one of the links to view one of our Google discussion groups you'll be asked to sign in before joining the group. The security is there to protect your privacy. If you don't have a Gmail account, you have three options. Please click the links below for more details.

Option Pros Cons
Create a free Gmail account (e.g. jane.doe@gmail.com)
Excellent spam and malware filtering. Reliable.  Targeted Ads.  Privacy policy
Sign up for a free Google account using your current email address
Messages will be delivered to your current email address Must remember the password. Your Google account password doesn't stay in sync with the one for your current email address.
Create Maintenance Request - Ask to have your current email address added directly to one or more of the groups.
New messages will be delivered to your current email address. No Google account or Gmail required. No web access to groups. No access to previous messages. May take up to two weeks to process your request. Typically, we'll respond within one day.

If you decide to create a new Gmail account, you may need to get creative in order to find an account name that hasn't already been chosen. Here are a few tips:
  1. If your name is already taken, try some variations like
    1. jane.a.doe
    2. janealanadoe
    3. jadoe
  2. Be creative 
    1. janedoeSF
    2. fogcityjane
    3. janestro
    4. fixiejane
    5. janenjohndoe
    6. montecidoe
    7. jdoe4096