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Heres the code:
<FORM METHOD="POST" ACTION="<FORM METHOD="POST" ACTION="mailto:articles@my email address">
<TEXTAREA NAME="article submission" ROWS=10 COLS=80>
joined:June 15, 2001
the above should work
By now you have probably figured out that your only problems were superfluous <FORM METHOD="POST" ACTION=", and you closed your <textarea> tag with </text> instead of </textarea>. However, you want to "...slow down some of the spam ...". Unfortunately using a form with a mailto: action won't help in that department, and as you have discovered for yourself, has other draw-backs which vary according to the browser, such as:
And of course,
How is your site being hosted? If you have access to any server side processing or CGI it would be better to use that to receive your forms and have the server process email it on to you. Most of the cheap hosting companies offer a range of cgi applications, including cgi scripts to receive form information, or alternatively, there are many freeware/shareware scripts you could download.
Of course, there are other ways to get around spam as well...
I can recommend a good webmail service that has this feature - send me a StickyMail.
Also don't ever reply to spam, even to get yourself removed from the list. Once they know your address is genuine they will sell it on to other spammers.
That surprises me, unless you are using a new email address, and have abandoned the old one. Even though the CGI solution doesn't reveal your email address, chances are that the address that the spam-bots collected over the past months are still in their databases, so I would have expected it to take months before your spam level dwindles down.