[Date Prev]   [Date Next] [Thread Prev]   [Thread Next] [Date Index]   [Thread Index]


     Re: [nocol-users] mail archives

On Thu, Jun 29, 2000 at 12:11:26PM +1000, Terry Manderson wrote:
> Hi Nocol People,
> A little complaint actually, and something everyone should be aware
> off.
> I try to be carefull about where I send my email address, since
> they tend to end up on spam lists pretty easily if you aren't carefull.
> recently I recieved some spam email, and I searched google for my email
> address thinking I may have put it somewhere silly.
> the results are that the web based nocol-list archives are browsable
> (versus searchable) thus all email addresses are visable.
> Can I suggest one of two things,
> 	- make the archives a database style access so web crawlers
> 	  can't pick addresses so easily
> 	- mangle the email addresses on the listmembers behalf.

Realistically, I think that list-maintainers should respect the old
"X-no-archive" header -- perhaps even go a step-above and purposely
obfuscate people's email addresses such that a robot would have a
hard time deciphering it but a human eye would be able to pick out
the address at a glance (then again, any pattern is programmable
easy enough in a robot).

> I'm not saying that nocol-users is at fault, tho it IS a distinct
> possibility.
> Terry

Russell M. Van Tassell

 "Good news.  Ten weeks from Friday will be a pretty good day."