[Mailman-Users] Major problems with privacy and mailman lists and harvesters

Michael Welch mwelch at redwoodalliance.org
Sat May 24 04:16:41 CEST 2008

Steve Murphy wrote at 10:03 AM 5/23/2008:
>I've noticed in the mailman-users archives, that if I view info by thread (using the mailman archives as an example,) which site is 2.1.10 based, that all email addresses are present, but with a simple obfuscation. (the "@" has been changed to " at ".) I can't help but to think that this simple obfuscation is a joke. Any harvester written in the past number of years would be smart enough to capture such accurately.

I think the Topica listserver had a great way to deal with email addresses in archives. You could see a semblance of the email address, but no way could you deduce the real address. If you are logged into the site, each is still obscured, but is a live link that opens up an email-like dialog box -- with the real address still obscured. But it does send an email to the real address for the obscured address.

Pretty good way of dealing with the problem, but I have no idea if something like this could be coded into Mailman archives.  

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