On Thu, 12 Aug 2004 08:06, Mark Drago <markdrago(a)mail.com> wrote:
Besides that, I would imagine that robots searching for email
to spam would be smart enough to recognize 'markdrago at mail.com' as an
kmail will recognise such addresses when paster into the To: field when
composing a message and automatically unmangle it.
On Thu, 12 Aug 2004 08:33, Leonard den Ottolander <leonard(a)den.ottolander.nl>
I'm sure many robots will *not* recognize that as a valid email
though. Every robot that does not recognize that address will not add to
the spam in your mailbox. And there is nothing stopping you to variate a
bit to trick out the robots.
It doesn't do much good. Once the address has been verified as working they
will sell it to everyone else.
All I am saying is not everybody appreciates his/her email address
included (unobfuscated) in whatever public email, even though (s)he
subscribes to a public mailing list. I for one don't. Thus my request
for your courtesy to obfuscate email addresses is you have to include
them in public emails.
The best (and only effective) way of signalling a desire to not have an email
address archived is to not use it on public mailing lists. Once it's in the
From: field in list email it's too late to do anything about it.
Having a mailing list mangle addresses in it's archives doesn't do much good
either. It's not difficult for any subscriber to make their own list
Finally if you don't want your address to be spammed then you want to avoid
saying controversial things on mailing lists. It's not uncommon for someone
to take revenge on someone who offended them on a mailing list by sending
email to the "remove" addresses in spam with the other person's address in
the From: field. Email sent to the "remove" address on a spam gets harvested
for the next spam run. If this was done intelligently then the victim
wouldn't even be aware of why they suddenly started getting a lot more spam
(the one incident I have seen proven was where it was done stupidly).
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