I think there are two major points here. One demonstrating an error on my part and the other demonstrating unjust behavior on the part of the Conquer Club authorities.
First, my own error. Upon trying to sign on for the first time since July 2009 (as it turns out, thanks Namor) but failing to, I should have contacted Conquer Club using the method highlighted by Evil Semp & Woodruf.
I didn't do that and just set up a new account under a new name so to not delay getting on with playing what I find a very enjoyable game. I had no idea that that would be a problem as seemingly (at the time) the old account had expired and it wasn't even a Premium Account anyway, something I wanted because I can now play on my iPhone regularly (and therefore play quickly and not miss turns) and, as it happens, as a reward to myself for going for two weeks without smoking.
Going by the rules, I shouldn't have done that but the point remains that I do not have two accounts in order to cheat and I am perfectly happy for the older one to be deleted. Afterall, it hasn't been used for nearly twenty months.
As for Conquer Club, I genuinely feel that despite it being a good website and community, they have behaved in an unjust and somewhat extortative manner in both my and other players cases similar to this. Here's why:
Members such as Evil Semp, Woodruf, natty_dread & Ijex seem to believe in a zero tolerence approach when it comes to the Multi Account rule and do you know what? They're intentions are absolutely correct. This is a great game and it's honourable players should be protected from cheats. They see the rules as sacred.
However, one of the listed benefits of Premium Membership is this:
"Feel that WARM and FUZZY feeling you get from supporting a website that you love"
Nice that, isn't it. Support some good guys for creating a good website. Decent chaps that believe in honesty, fair play and the integrity of the rules.
Why is it then that the sanctity of the rules counts for nothing, providing you pay ANOTHER $25?
Could I open as many accounts and cheat as much as I like provided I could afford the back-hander each time I got caught? Are the rules stricter for the poor than they are the wealthy? It's wrong and it's unsavoury.
If this is the reality of the application of the rules then clearly they are more flexible than the above named members would like and on that basis, I think my own case should be looked at individually and judged with reason.
I have not cheated any of my opponents. I have behaved reasonably on the most part and I am capable of contributing to your community as evidenced here.
I understand that I may now be under suspicion and am happy to be continually observed and scrutinised if that satisfies the more cynical among you.
All I want to do is play as many games as I can, improve my ranking, relax and have fun. You can close my old account as I don't use, want or need it. Surely that's reasonable?
If you believe in common sense, then please vote "YES"!