"Mark E. Taylor" <themet @
>The numbers of fake subscribe attempts has risen dramatically and is
>causing me to rethink the wisdom of web page signups.
Truly! What I've done to keep the convenience of a web page signup,
but cut through a lot of the junk, is to have the signup CGI script
sent the subscriber e-mail with a From: line for my MLM (in my case,
Majordomo, but his will work for others), a properly-formatted
"subscribe" in the body, a -- .sig introducer, and some explanatory
The text says, "to subscribe to list blah-blah-blah, just reply to
this message and include the message in your reply. Remove any
quoting characters. If you weren't trying to subscribe to
blah-blah-blah, please delete this message without replying. If you
need to correspond with a human, please send a message to owner-
This has worked very well. So far, no one has reported being unable
to subscribe, and there are *no* phoney subscriptions.