Long story short, we've had a few issues with some bots creating accounts in the last couple of weeks, so we had to put a new protocol in place. In short, your friendly local admins now manually approve any new account on the site after reviewing the submitted information for any obvious discrepancies or issues.
Of course, in any such endeavor, there is bound to be Type I and Type II error. So if we delete your pending account on accident because your email address looks fishy, we apologize. Recreate the account and email us at [email protected] from the email you included, and we'll do what we can to get you up and running quickly.
Go Iowa Awesome,