most all other forums will do this... i see what he is talking about now.
when you sign up at a forum it will ask for...
verify email address.
then you submit.
you will then recive an email soon with a link to authenticate that your email address is valid. there is no random password to change, its just setup with the initail submit and verified with the link sent in the email.
by going to the link in your email that the forum sent it just enables your account and you dont need to change your password cause you already choose it before you pressed submit.
i too would love this, its much easier, but then again CAN someone find out what the links are and cause exploits?
anyways, i cant belive that punbb doesnt have this already or a mod to do this (is there?)
example of what punbb does - enter your username and info - ie timezone etc... then it sends you an email with a randomly generated password - then you login and change that password and whatever info you want in your profile - etc, a bit annoying for some.