There's a far more straightforward argument for this not working as a 
registration message: it was sent to agora-discussion, which is not a public 
forum. (Though I admit I did check the most recent Registrar report on 
agora-official to check that G. hadn't sneakily reclassified it as a public 
forum...)

Rule 869/44:
      An Unregistered person CAN (unless explicitly forbidden or
      prevented by the rules) register by publishing a message that
      indicates reasonably clearly and reasonably unambiguously that e
      intends to become a player at that time.

Rule 478/34:
      A public message is a message sent via a public forum, or sent to
      all players and containing a clear designation of intent to be
      public. A rule can also designate that a part of one public
      message is considered a public message in its own right. A person
      "publishes" or "announces" something by sending a public message.

-twg

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On August 25, 2018 5:36 AM, Alex Smith <ais...@alumni.bham.ac.uk> wrote:

> On Fri, 2018-08-24 at 22:30 -0700, Aris Merchant wrote:
>
> > On Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 10:28 PM windlessq hickory zan...@gmail.com
> > wrote:
> >
> > > How do I join the game
> >
> > You might have just done so. To be absolutely sure, send a message to
> > agora-business with the text “I register.”, and sign with your
> > nickname if you have one you want to be called by. Also, welcome to
> > the game!
>
> My guess is that this doesn't work as a registration message; precedent
> is that our current registration standard requires that the message
> carries something to indicate when the registration is supposed to
> happen.
>
> Asking about how to register doesn't necessarily imply you want to
> register immediately; you might ask how to register if you plan to
> register in the future.
>
> (A while back I started simply taking actions to a-b that would have
> required me to be a player, but that was ruled to not be registration,
> I think for this same reason. The message here is less blatant.)
>
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>
> ais523


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