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Cloaking Email Address

Any suggestions as to the best programs for cloaking email addresses?
Many thanks

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Jul 24 '05
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On Mon, 23 May 2005 13:50:38 +0100, Philip Ronan
<in*****@invali d.invalid> wrote:
href="mailto:ro b@rob.com"


That won't work.


Practical experiment says that this technique, even just using @
does avoid them being blagged by spammers.

Clearly the spammers could bypass it, but they aren't bothering too.

Jul 24 '05 #11
Philip Ronan wrote:
The drummer for Def Leppard only has one arm. wrote:
href="mailto:ro b@rob.com"


That won't work.


It seems to work for me, but I include the "mailto:" in the encoding
as well.

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Jul 24 '05 #12
Andy Dingley wrote:
On Mon, 23 May 2005 13:50:38 +0100, Philip Ronan
<in*****@invali d.invalid> wrote:
href="mailto:ro b@rob.com"


That won't work.


Practical experiment says that this technique, even just using @
does avoid them being blagged by spammers.

Clearly the spammers could bypass it, but they aren't bothering too.


Maybe not yet. But as soon as they do (and I'm sure they will), you're
basically sunk.

You have to be at least *two* steps ahead to beat the spammers. Paranoia
rules.

Phil

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Jul 24 '05 #13
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> "Philip" == Philip Ronan <in*****@invali d.invalid> writes:


Philip> Maybe not yet. But as soon as they do (and I'm sure they will), you're
Philip> basically sunk.

Why would they bypass it, when there's already *millions* of
low-hanging fruit out there? Why spend more CPU? They already
achieve their goal, and the smart spammers are moving to zombiefarms
anyway, which get better results preening the local address books.

Philip> You have to be at least *two* steps ahead to beat the
Philip> spammers. Paranoia rules.

In that case:

step 1 - unplug your computer from the internet
step 2 - unplug your computer from the wall

Methinks you are being a bit *overly* paranoid.

Please stick with solutions that are unlikely to be scraped in the
foreseen future, but don't upset blind users or *me*. The entity
encoding trick is painless and productive.

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Jul 24 '05 #14
"Randal L. Schwartz" wrote:
Please stick with solutions that are unlikely to be scraped in the
foreseen future, but don't upset blind users or *me*.


You think HTML entities are unlikely to be scraped in the foreseen future. I
don't. I guess we'll just have to disagree there.

What makes you think I'm upsetting blind users? I use a <NOSCRIPT> entity to
provide a readable version of the email address, so that's covered. There's
also a feedback form that people can fill in online. So everyone's happy.
Except you, apparently.

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Jul 24 '05 #15
On Mon, 23 May 2005, Andy Dingley wrote:
On Mon, 23 May 2005 13:50:38 +0100, Philip Ronan <in*****@invali d.invalid> wrote:
href="mailto:ro b@rob.com"


That won't work.


Practical experiment says that this technique, even just using @
does avoid them being blagged by spammers.

Clearly the spammers could bypass it, but they aren't bothering too.


Yet. :-)
Jul 24 '05 #16
Philip Ronan wrote:
I use a <NOSCRIPT> entity to
provide a readable version of the email address, so that's covered.


????

You make no sense to me at all. Please elaborate.

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Jul 24 '05 #17
"Bart Lateur" wrote:
Philip Ronan wrote:
I use a <NOSCRIPT> entity to
provide a readable version of the email address, so that's covered.


????

You make no sense to me at all. Please elaborate.


Is it really that complicated?

<SCRIPT type="text/javascript">

generateEmailLi nk();

</SCRIPT><NOSCRIP T>mail [at] example [dot] com<NOSCRIPT>

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Jul 24 '05 #18
On Sat, 21 May 2005 11:04:10 -0700, David Ross <no****@nowhere .not>
wrote:
Spammers do use address harvesters that look at links as well as
the visible text. If you don't want to use a link, just use an
image file.


So much for visually impaired visitors.

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Jul 24 '05 #19
On Mon, 23 May 2005 13:50:38 +0100, Philip Ronan
<in*****@invali d.invalid> wrote:
If you really *must* have an email link on your site, you'll have to use
Javascript to disguise it. I've posted an example here:
<http://vzone.virgin.ne t/phil.ronan/scramble.html>


So much for sensible people who run with Javascript disabled, and
those in networks where Javascript is disallowed by policy.
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"I feel a wave of morning sickness coming on, and I want to
be standing on your mother's grave when it hits."
Jul 24 '05 #20

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