[Note: Many of the pages explaining how this forum works (like this one) were originally written before changes to the forum management and structure in April 2013. The information below has not yet been updated to reflect those changes. EP is a large site and there are plenty of pages that need updating, so please bear with us - we'll be amending this page as soon as we can!]
If your account hasn't been used for a while your account may be marked as a dormant account for security reasons. This is no reflection on you, your mother ... or your credit rating. The experience here has been that accounts that haven't been used for a long time are more of a security risk.
Dormant accounts have some restrictions that don't apply to normal accounts. For example, all posts are held up in a moderation queue. If you had access to our VIP Lounge you'd have lost it and you'd have lost your access to our Private Groups. There may be other inconveniences such as losing PMs that you've saved. That's why I try to send an email out before marking an account as dormant to give you a chance to prevent that happening.
Of course, we'd love to have you back and if you want to start posting again, simply make a quality post or two and an admin will move your account out of dormancy when approving your post for public viewing. If you have trouble with that there are other ways to contact me. Also, please note that moving your account back to normal status is at the admins' discretion. We usually approve because we do want you to resume normal posting and participation