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[OT] PCYMTNQREAIYR, it really works.


"  Major Findings

Our analysis indicated that e-mail addresses posted on Web sites or in
newsgroups attract the most spam. 
Web Sites - CDT received the most e-mails when an address was placed visibly
on a public Web site. Spammers use software harvesting programs such as
robots or spiders to record e-mail addresses listed on Web sites, including
both personal Web pages and institutional (corporate or non-profit) Web
CDT tested two methods of obstructing address harvesting:

Replacing characters in an e-mail address with human-readable equivalents,
e.g. "" was written "example at domain dot com;" and 
Replacing characters in an e-mail address with HTML equivalents. 
E-mail addresses posted to Web sites using these conventions did not receive
any spam.  "

ObCygwin:   This relates to and confirms some of the information on the
cygwin website so it's not too off-topic! <g>

ObCygwin:  Oh, alright then.

Index: acronyms/index.html
RCS file: /cvs/cygwin/htdocs/acronyms/index.html,v
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diff -u -p -r1.83 index.html
--- acronyms/index.html	2 Sep 2004 16:34:42 -0000	1.83
+++ acronyms/index.html	23 Sep 2004 11:21:46 -0000
@@ -450,7 +450,11 @@ Please Configure Your Mailer To Not Quot
 Some mailers include the raw e-mail address in the
 &quot;<i>Joe &lt;; wrote:</i>&quot; line.
 The web archives for the mailing lists are publicly available.
-<b>Let's not feed the spam harvesters!</b><br>
+<b>Let's not feed the spam harvesters!</b> (Some people doubt that munging
+addresses actually works, but for proof that spam harvesters don't try to
+decode even the simplest anti-spam measures such as replacing @ with AT and
+. with DOT, see <a
 Of course, there may be other raw e-mail addresses in messages,
 in signatures, but that's the choice of the person sending the message.<br>
 <a href="";>Coined</a> by

  _Now_ is it on-topic?

Can't think of a witty .sigline today....

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