As much as we'd like to think that running a website with forums like this would be simple and free, it's neither. It's taking a lot of volunteer time and those volunteers have put up funds of their own to make it happen. That's good to get things started; it won't keep things going. Web hosting fees, bulletin board software licensing costs, food for the dragon in the dungeon -- these things have to be paid on a recurring basis.
That's the bad news.
The good news? You can support the TapcisForum with a small donation. And if you're one of the first 500 to do so with a contribution of $5.00 or more (more is recommended... more is eagerly sought after as a matter of fact), you'll get your very own tapcis.com POP3 email account! Just think: firstname.lastname@example.org! Now what could be better than that?
There are some limits. Some email addresses, as you can expect, have already been taken: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, for example. And no, you can't call yourself anything that's really nasty or obscene. In any language. And when the available email accounts are gone, they're gone for good.