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Re: MFG homepage at www.tug.org
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: Re: MFG homepage at www.tug.org
- From: Ulrik Vieth <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 12:57:04 +0100
> Ulrik Vieth writes:
>> converter. A side-effect of this is that all e-mail addresses are
>> marked-up as active hyperlinks. If you're worried about attracting
>> spam mail this way, I could try to exclude the mail subdirectories
>> from search engines in the robots.txt file.
> i would probably prefer not to have my home mail marked up with way
> for exactly that reason. i'm really concerned seeing how many spam's i
> get just by answering sometimes on ctt from my work address and for
> that reason never use my mailbox here for these things
Joerg has already voiced similar concerns about his `good' address
he uses for mailing lists. So far I've done three things:
(1) I've regenerated the HTML mail archives with the -nomailto option,
thus inhibiting the creation of mailto links. Unfortunately this
doesn't stop the address from appearing as body text.
(2) I've written a sed-script that rewrites some of your more specifc
addresses by the generic form 'Firstname.Lastname@uni-mainz.de'.
Same for your work address. If you want to have them mangled
otherwise, e.g. by inserting `NOSPAM', please let me know.
(3) I've added the /twg/mfg/mail and /twg/mfg/mail-html directories
to the disallow list in robots.txt. Hope this will be enough
to stop the well-behaved search engines like AltaVista and such.
Apart from that, I'd say that posting to Usenet is much more prone
to attract spam mail than putting a mailto link on the WWW. In our
place, everyone is listed with a mailto link on the institute's
homepage, but only those who regularly post to Usenet complain
about being spammed.
P.S. I hope you agree that apart from the spam problem, having
a mail archive is a good thing in general, in case you'll ever
want to find out how some odd decision came about may years ago.