[Catalog-sig] The "Softpedia" spam

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Fri May 7 09:36:49 CEST 2010

On Fri, May 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM, Noah Kantrowitz <noah at coderanger.net> wrote:
> I think most FOSS authors are aware that putting their email in a package is effectively putting it in the clear on the internet. I think we have come beyond the days of "noah (at) coderanger [dot] net" and all those silly tricks that were popular not too long ago. If an author is excessively concerned about spam, they shouldn't put their email in author_email. Is that field mandatory now or something?

No it's not mandatory.

> Softpedia is a little annoying with the emails, but I've found them useful personally (along with versiontracker)
> when looking for OS X software before. Freshmeat is a similar index of FOSS projects, and I've definitely
> used that before. Is there some reason we are objecting to including PyPI data in other software catalogs? If
> it makes it a tiny bit easier to find Python software, I'm all for it.

You can't compare Freshmeat and Softpedia. Freshmeat is a legitimate
index developer manually fills, whereas Softpedia is bot-based and
just tries to attract people to make make money.

I don't mind having PyPI projects at Softpedia, but I think we should
prevent this automatic mail sending they set up. It got worse lately.

But I said I would drop it, so... :)

> --Noah
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