[ic] Please clean the archive

JT Justman jt at signless.com
Sat Nov 4 14:44:27 EST 2006

Kevin Walsh wrote:
> If the address is properly obfuscated (k... at cursor.biz) then how?
> Remember that most spam bots know how to reform "kevin at cursor.biz",
> "kevin (at) cursor (dot) biz" and the most of the other lossless
> obfuscation efforts.  This is mainly helped by the fact that the email
> addresses appear in a predictable place in the archive text layout.
> Lossless obfuscation is pointless, and lossy obfuscation is inconvenient.
> A spam filter is the answer.

It's true that spambots are very good at reforming such obfuscation.
And, I have gained clients in the past based on their contacting me via
mailing list archives.

Conservative DNS RBLs and a selection of SpamAssassin rules keep my mail
pretty clean, even after using this address openly on the net for
working on seven years.

If you're using qmail, and administering your own mail, you can create
dedicated addresses for each list that only accept mail from a specific


Sure, it's a bit of work, but if you're that worried about junk in your
mailbox, it's unbeatable.


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