I'm using the mailing list module as a newsletter signup form. I want to edit the error text that is shown if the user doesn't fill out the form correctly. Here is the error text:

The form you submitted contained the following errors

  • The username you chose is not available
  • List item the screen name you chose is not available
  • The email you chose is not available
  • Please type both words that appear in the image

I'm not using captcha so the last bullet doesn't make any sense. I simply with to remove that text. Can someone please tell me where to do that?

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If you want to edit the actual text of the 'message' then you need to edit the language files here: system/expressionengine/language/english/

If you want more control over the design of the templates etc then check out the Custom System Messages add-on http://dvt.ee/csm ($12)

  • That is exactly what I asked for. Unfortunately what I meant to ask is how to delete one of those items? In the language file if I set the variable to an empty string the bullet still shows up. So I guess I need to know where to remove it from the code. Any ideas? Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 18:43

OR - go to CP -> Tools -> Utilities -> Translation Utility you need to edit "mailinglist_lang.php"

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