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Re: [vox] E-mail addresses munged on members page

On Saturday 10 November 2001 04:02 pm, you wrote:
> Well, I hated to do it, since it just makes using the site more difficult
> for us humans, but I've caused all addresses on the mailing list page
> to be munged.
> The string "MAPS" ('spam,' backwards) gets randomly inserted into each
> e-mail address (and respective "mailto:"; link surrounding it).
>   http://www.lugod.org/members/
> FYI, in case people didn't realize this:  We're happy to list people on
> the members page _without_ their e-mail address!  A number of people have
> chosen to do so in the past.  (And, in fact, there are quite a number of
> members who don't even show up on the members page at all.  They just
> circled "No" on the membership form when they filled it out!)
> -bill!

/me sighs a sigh of relief

For further protection suguest you convert the mailto: urls to look like
which worked fine with all the browsers I tried. In the html to be rendered 
as text you can do the same
thing, replaceing charcters with &#[asciicode]; or &#x[asciicode-in-hex]; (eg 
@ or &#x40 for @ )
and adding a few heading zeros to those works too. comments in the middle of 
addresses are nice too.

here's an example of a few of these techniques combined.

Email 1: &#000114;<!-- <a href=mailto:abuse@porn.org -->&#0121;&#97;<!-- 
-->&#00000110;&#00064;ca<!-- -->l.net
Email 2: &#x072;<!-- -->&#x0000079;<!-- -->&#x061;&#x006e;<!-- 
-->&#x000040;moth<!-- -->e<!-- -->r.com
Email 3: &#x00072;<!-- -->&#x079;&#097;&#00110;<!-- -->&#000064;davi<!-- 
-->s.c<!-- -->om
Email 4: yott<!-- -->ahe<!-- -->rtz<!-- -->&#00064;<!-- -->hot<!-- -->ma<!-- 
-->il.c<!-- -->om

They render fine, but will cause a spam spider not runing an actual HTML 
intrepter a few dozen headaches.
abuse@porn.org is in there in the hopes that they will harvest it and send an 
email to what resolves to abuse@localhost.

I'm not gonna even go in to the fun that can be had with javascript ;)

-- Ryan

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