This is supposed to be a forum. Shoutbox is fun but should not be the primary venue for this place.
If you have just signed up to this forum, you will get shoutbox access for the first week. If you contribute, your access to the shoutbox will continue.
For those of you who have been here for a longer period and have made less than 100 posts, you can regain your access by contributing to the forum. This would be done by adding to already existing threads with decent (and better) contributions, or by starting threads with your own material that generate interest. Spamming the forum will not count, especially if it's a bunch of cut and paste that no one will care about. Use the tagging feature to attract other members to your posts. Simply type @ followed by the user's name with no space between the two to tag that person.
Some of you will call me an asshole or whatever for doing this. I don't care.