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SubjectRe: bkbits - "@" question
> On Sat, Oct 23, 2004 at 12:14:52PM +0200, Jean Delvare wrote:
> > > * Larry McVoy asked:
> > > The web pages on contain email addresses. This is
> > > probably about a 4 year too late question but would it help reduce
> > > spam if we did something like s/@/ (at) / for all those
> > > addresses?
> > >
> > > * Christoph Hellwig answered:
> > > No.
> >
> > Why not, please?
> Because spambots parse all this replacements anyway, and it makes cut
> & pasting mail addresses if you want to reply to a change much easier.

Strongly depends on how this is done. Of course, replacing by user(at) or even user AT domain DOT org
won't help. However, I wonder what amount of spambots will spot user:
domain org as a valid e-mail address.

There are also HTML+CSS tricks that should work well. Split the address
over right-floating span elements, these will display in the reverse
order. I doubt that the spambots will get it right.

I don't think that the cut'n'paste ability argument weights much here.
How often do you do that?


Jean Delvare
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