[Catalog-sig] The "Softpedia" spam

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Thu May 6 16:34:24 CEST 2010


The Softpedia website sends an email to everyone that register or
uploads something at PyPI. This is clearly a spam and their website
don't care about our projects.

I am not sure if they use the PubSubHubbub thing, but I was wondering
how we could prevent these unsolicited mails.

If they use PubSubHubbub, maybe we could set up a black list of
subscribers people can manage at their level,
if they reconstruct the emails by reading the RSS feed, maybe we
should not publish this info (even with  the @ transformed into " at


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Softpedia Editorial Team <linuxeditor at softpedia.com>
Date: Thu, May 6, 2010 at 4:11 PM
Subject: Distutils2 included in the Softpedia Linux software database
To: tarek at ziade.org


Distutils2, one of your products, has been added to Softpedia's database of
software programs for Linux. It is featured with a description text,
screenshots, download links and technical details on this page:

The description text was created by our editors, using sources such as text
from your product's homepage, information from its help system, the PAD
file (if available) and the editor's own opinions on the program itself.

If you feel that having your product listed on Softpedia is not a benefit
for you or simply need something changed or updated, please contact us via
email at webmaster at softpedia.com and we will work with you to fix any
problem you may have found with the product's listing.

The Softpedia Team

Softpedia is a library of over 400,000 free and free-to-try software
programs for Windows, Mac OS and Linux, games and gaming tools, Windows
device drivers, mobile devices and IT-related articles.
Softpedia - the encyclopedia of free software downloads

Tarek Ziadé | http://ziade.org

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