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The OK Request

Depending on how the list is set up, once you have sent your subscription request you may receive a message like the one below:

Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 12:09:47 -0400
From: "L-Soft list server at LISTSERV.FREDONIA.EDU (1.8c)"
To: Your e-mail address
Subject: Command confirmation request (66B5D8)

Your command:
SUBSCRIBE PROFTALK John Doe

has been received. You must now reply to this message (as explained below) to complete your subscription. The purpose of this confirmation procedure is to check that the address LISTSERV is about to add to the ist for your subscription is reachable. This is a typical procedure for high-volume lists and all new subscribers are subjected to it - you are not being singled out. Every effort has been made to make this verification as simple and painless as possible. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

To confirm the execution of your command, simply reply to the present message and type "ok" (without the quotes) as the text of your message.
Just the word "ok" - do not retype the command. This procedure will work with any mail program that fully conforms to the Internet standards for electronic mail. If you receive an error message, try sending a new message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.FREDONIA.EDU (without using the "reply" function - this is very important) and type "ok 66B5D8" as the text of your message.

Finally, your command will be cancelled automatically if you do not confirm it within 48h. After that time, you must start over and resend the command to get a new confirmation code. If you change your mind and decide that you do NOT want to confirm the command, simply discard the present message and let the command expire on its own.
This request confirms that the e-mail address that you used to subscribe to the list is valid. You should reply without including the original message. So if your mail program automatically quotes the message you are replying to, you should delete the quoted text before sending the "OK". Note also that you must reply from the address from which the original subscription request was sent.
If you have trouble with the OK command and have already tried the "ok confirmation#" suggestion above, please contact the list owner for help.