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Re: SVN: Mailing Archive: Email's public, open to spammers?

From: Brian Mathis <bmathis_at_directedge.com>
Date: 2004-07-21 20:24:12 CEST

kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> Trevor Harrison <trevor-svn@harrison.org> writes:
>
>>>After my post, I noticed that my email is now posted on the
>>>SVN-Users Email list archive
>>> http://subversion.tigris.org/servlets/SummarizeList?listName=users
>>>
>>>The unfortunate part, is that my email is now exposed to those email
>>>crawlers, and spammers.
>>>
>>>Any way I could have my email 'disguized' or partially blocked?
>>
>>Its probably too late. I've just started receiving spam to my
>>svn-list-only email address. (not spam via the list, but direct spam
>>to me)
>
> Even if we disguised the email address, there are other people
> archiving the Subversion mailing lists.
>
> (But in general, this is under the sender's control, isn't it? The
> address only appears because you posted it. If you don't want it
> available to the Internet, don't post it, or post it disguised. Our
> archives are just repeating the bytes you sent them...)
>
> -Karl

I don't think it's unreasonable to expect that these days, if you are
making a public archive of a mailing list, that you munge the addresses.
     I would actually consider it a requirement. It would be a small
additional step that will save everyone a lot of hassle later on.

Here's a perl 1 liner that'll get most addresses:
echo test@test.com | perl -n -e
's/(([a-zA-Z0-9_\-\.]+)@((\[[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.)|(([a-zA-Z0-9\-]+\.)+))([a-zA-Z]{2,4}|[0-9]{1,3}))/MUNGED/g;'

There might be a better regex out there to do it.

Posting using a munged address to usenet is fine, but on a mailing list
it would be almost impossible to ensure that your real address never
gets through. People quote messages, etc... If you use a completely
fake address, how can the mail ever get to you in the first place?

-- 
Brian Mathis
http://directedge.com/b/
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