After playing through Half-Life 2, I had a look at the Steam forums to check out the pending bugfixes, screenshots, and wallpapers. Some of the posts warranted a reply, so I went to the registration page and submitted the necessary data.
Afterwards, I was able to log in. But I couldn't post anywhere. The error message just said
the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation.
Since I hadn't had the chance to use my account yet, I naturally inferred that the account was not activated yet, but that was strange for several reasons:
- I could log in (even though nothing changed except for showing my user name)
- I couldn't remember having seen a message about any validation email
- The two email fields seemed quite useless if it had to be validated manually anyway
- The registration form already uses scrambled images to protect against bots
Ah well. So back to the basics: Contact Valve directly. I sent an email yesterday, December 5, I just hope they answer it properly.
Update 2005-01-11: I still haven't received an answer.
By the way: The game is f-ing awesome.