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[ale]OT It begins...
On Thursday 29 January 2004 07:43, Doug McNash wrote:
> > That is 3000+ spams since Christmas. :(
> It seems to me folks are indirectly and unfairly criticizing the list
Nobody is criticizing the list maintainer. At issue is whether or not the
software we use makes it easy for our email addresses to be picked up.
> I carefully use my email address and only get a couple
> spams a week. I don't think this list is much of a resource to the
> spammer scum.
The list was a source of spam.
To prove it, I simply put "changinglinks atlanta" in Yahoo.
The first page that comes up is:
which clearly "gives up" the email address "retief @ larp.com"
So in the past every message that we post would make it very easy for email
harvesting programs to collect our email addresses. As I said before, the ALE
list comes up for practically anything related to Atlanta. (Want some
"atlanta emails"? just go to Yahoo, and surf to #25 with your harvesting
software ;) ) That is how easy it was.
Today, using the same test, the second URL I got was:
>>>To my suprise, the email addresses were NOT so easy to get.
Email addresses are now changed like so: <stephen at touset.org>
. . . and instead of being linked to as an email address, the URL points to
Unfortunately, as I kept surfing the archives (like an email harvesting
program would) I was able to find clear email addresses (even this year) see:
The point is that we need to make our entire system uniform with the
"ike.room17.com" email handling.
> I would like to thank the list maintainer for their (unpaid) service and
> good job.
Wishing you Happiness, Joy and Laughter,