At 10:15 -0800 2/20/2002, Chuq Von Rospach wrote:
That, basically, allows us to stuff mailtos somewhere pointing to an address you can mail to to report site failures. I'll even go farther and say that address can simply be on a web page, not linked to a Mailto, and if you really, reallly want, obscure it further as a JPG or something. But I think that's all overkill, given that spammers now automatically spam root/postmaster/etc on domains anyway.
Which (as the reader of many of those, and as the person who adds content filters) I find amusing: they deliberately attract the attention of the one most likely to do something. I guess it makes sense when they think about individual's machines sitting there accepting mail; it doesn't make sense when then send to a server which serves lots of users.
It reminds me of the punt returner signalling for a fair catch when the ball will come down near the goal line. What that says to the onrushing troops is "ignore me and my teammates: we can't hurt you anyhow...go after the ball and keep it this side of the line." Exactly what the troops' coach wants them to be told.
So I recommend this:
You no longer advertise admin's real addresses. Instead, you advertise a feedback that sends messages to the admin, to discourage mailing directly. A year ago, I probably would have insisted on SOME kind of email contact point, but frankly -- the percentage of users who can't use a web page is pretty much zero now.
[Good justification snipped.]
I think you're on to something, Chuq.
It also helps those admins who prefer to use a role address rather than a personal one, as things stand now. Saves inventing yet another of those which isn't specially handled by the MTA/Mailman combination.