Unfortunately Hmistry, nobody is going to sponsor someone they don't know onto a sister/brother forum, you need to prove yourself somewhere, prior to someone putting their reputation on the line for you.
How good is this thing then Rolf ? not being a memeber myself it all seems a bit cloak and dagger from an outsiders point of view. Has this always been the case or is it a damage limitation excercise in the current climate ?
It opens its membership sometimes, but in the last couple of years it has been closed most of the time, just the way they perefer to operate. Been a member myself for a couple of years according to the date on my profile, but I seem to remember having to rejoin just before that date.