Goodwood: What Sundevil is trying to say, is that to get into the member's area, there, it is actually a completely different account than with having membership in the forums, therefore, unless you've went through that membership to be part of 'that' area, the filling out of email and password is useless. That is meant for those already as members to fill out. I went through this same hassle yesterday and Eric says they'll straighten it to be worded better.
I went through 'that' membership process and within a couple of minutes had a password assigned to me along of course with the username I picked. Next I used the 'forgot my password' option, just to see if it worked once I was a member, and sure enough, within a minute I got an email back. That option won't work unless you're already a member there, as it's not sending you any passwords from the forum or anything else, just from having registered there.