Re: e mail from goth.net??
Any email sent by the forums themselves will come from firstname.lastname@example.org
However I think these may be authentic - but they came from the GOTH.NET development website, not from the forums. I'll disable email reminders on the dev website to stop this happening in future.
I find there is almost always one good way to figure out if an email is authentically from a website - take the ADDRESS of the link that they are trying to get you to click on (ignoring all other links/images in the email), and verify that that link is actually on the domain you would expect.
For example, make sure the link they WANT you to click on is on matches http://*.goth.net/*
(where * can be anything). Don't look at the text, make sure you look at the actual address (which often means you need to right-click and copy address).