[Mailman-Developers] Protecting email addresses from spam harvesters
Wed, 27 Feb 2002 23:52:59 -0800 (PST)
--- "Barry A. Warsaw" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >>>>> "PS" == Paul Schreiber <email@example.com> writes:
> PS> While I'm on the topic....
> PS> That utility translates all the characters in an email address
> PS> to character entities, something spambots aren't likely to
> PS> pick up on. for now, anyway.
> PS> i.e. mailman could incorporate something like this.
> Interesting, except that I suspect the mailto: is a dead giveaway.
> Seems like something the harvesters could easily adjust for and
> detect, so I don't see the value in spending time implementing it.
Yes,, but you can encode the "mailto:" as well, like so:
I would guess most spambots are pretty dumb, probably using a silly regex
like <a href="mailto:([^"]+)">.
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