[Mailman-Users] Address farming via the Web?

Darren Henderson darren at jasper.somtel.com
Sun Apr 11 05:47:13 CEST 1999

On Sat, 10 Apr 1999, Barry A. Warsaw wrote:

> I bet what's happening is that they're following the link to the
> archives and then trolling through them for email addresses.  That
> sucks.  Other than the URL you pointed us to, does anybody else have
> any ideas of how to stop this particular mining?  Do we obfuscate
> every email address in every message saved to the archive?  If so,
> then can I get away with pushing that over the fence into the
> archiver's responsibilities? :-)

imo its not really a problem for mailman to address. 

Spam is a large on going problem whose scope simply exceeds the confines
of your project.

If there are simple things that can be done then sure, go ahead. I really
can't imagine what they might be other then doing what you've mentioned,
(which really probably would fit in better with the archiver section). Or
perhaps including some web poison links by default, which might be nice if
mailman gets the ammount of usage I belive it would. Essentially bury from
human eyes and mark for non-harvesting by legit bots, a set of links that
point to some cgi that generates tons and tons of bad email address and
links back to itself so you swamp the harvester with crud -
http://www.e-scrub.com/ has one example I believe but I can't seem to get
it to come up tonight.

Darren Henderson                              darren at jasper.somtel.com

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