It used to be, but the tests were getting spammed because of no safecoin yet and just because people easily can, they do. Its either by mistake or to cause damage. So this account request system limits accounts etc. a little, or at least enough to test publically. It’s just a shame, but we do want to keep community involvement in development and not go closed and this is the price we all have to pay.
At least it’s not too onerous, but it did cost some release time to implement this system and we could really have done without it. PITA all round