[Mailman-Developers] Proposed: remove address-obfuscation code from Mailman 3

Jeff Breidenbach jeff at jab.org
Sat Aug 29 06:21:58 CEST 2009

> the archives, but somehow Google found it, indexed it, and the guy
> threatened
> me with bloody murder if I didn't take it down.

Yes. It is critical to keep user perception in mind. Specifically, if you
don't keep email addresses off the global search engines, there will be a
deluge of vocal complaints from users who neither care about nor understand
the technical aspects. That can be as simple as robots.txt configuration, or
as fancy as using a captcha based system to reveal addresses like the one
offered by reCaptcha. But my main point is you need to cover the user
perception angle almost independtly from the core technical aspects of

For the record, I prefer keeping data as unadulterated as possible because
it helps interoperability. But we also need to keep users happy.


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