[meta-sig] RE: [meta-sig] [Fwd: Re: [META-SIG] Switchover to mailman]

Michael McLay mclay@nist.gov
Thu, 26 Feb 1998 04:32:43 -0500

Friedrich, Robin K writes:
 > >
 > >Ken Manheimer wrote:
 > >> 
 > >> On Thu, 26 Feb 1998, Markus Fleck wrote:
 > >> > Is this really intended that the web page publicly
 > >> > displays all of the subscribers' email addresses?
 > >> > IMHO, people should have their privacy respected
 > >> > in respect to which mailing lists they subscribe to...
 > >> 
 > >> This would be a great issue to bring up on the meta sig.
 > >> 
 > I think we should do it like DejaNews and intentionally not have a page
 > of email addresses that can be easily spidered by spam collectors. I
 > think we need to have the real names only as the hyperlinks on this
 > page. That information may not be available now but it should as we can
 > subscribe with a web page and fill that in.

I'd like to keep the names and email addresses around, but let's have
them scrambled so that spiders can't recognize them as addresses, but
humans can.

mclay@nist.gov could be done as

mclay at nist dot gov 

Of course a smart spider might be taught to recreate this, but I don't 
think that will happen anytime soon.

It would also be nice if we could ask for some additional information
beyond the email address.  Name, phone number GPS coordinates...  The
visibility of this information should of course be controlled by the
individual.  Hopefully we won't end up with a list of 

	<name hidden for privacy> 
	<name hidden for privacy> 
	<name hidden for privacy> 

entries in the list, but that should at least be an option
when signing up for the list.