Hi there, I saw that you tried to claim a Pokemon on Claim A Pokemon 5.0 but deleted your post as you thought that your past inactivity would discount you. That's not true, the inactivity counts for current claimers. For example's sake if the current claimer of Chikorita left SPPf and didn't come back for ages then that's it. If another member came along, sees that it's been at least a months gap between their last activity on SPPf and now and goes to claim Chikorita then that will be accepted.
I hope that makes sense.
You are perfectly fine to try and claim a Pokemon on the thread. You are an active member NOW, that is what counts.