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Great to have these forums up and running - good job Jonathan.

rex's picture

Admin wrote:

> Can you give more info? What address were you using?

It's working just the way you wanted. I had a rummage through the
sendmail log files.

> In these forums, email addresses are rendered as HTML
> entities, which might confuse some spiders. The easiest

They are *more* likely to pick it up if there is a mailto: tag on
the front.

> solution is to get yourself additional email address(es)
> which map to your main address. If they get compromised by

how about an additional address that maps to /dev/null ? :-)

> I'll look into alternative spam protection (ie. the forum
> s/ware could introduce random NOSPAM strings for example. But

A typical thing to do would be to make it not look like an email address.
substitute "AT" for "@" and "DOT" for "." Some of the new spiders
are smart enough to parse these too (including your NOSPAM suggestion),
so maybe something similar (but not the same) would be better.

> nothing is likely to be completely effective (though I have
> been considering rendering emails as graphics...))

Yep, php has a few tools to do this. I can write a code fragment if you wish.

> Shame you don't like #CCCC99 :-)

Baby poo. :-/

Cheers, Rex

jonathan's picture

Rex wrote:
> > Hmm, even if i enter a valid email address it still barfs.

Can you give more info? What address were you using?

> Ah i see, it queries the SMTP server. Still. It needs
> something to
> stop the spiders. Perhaps something as simple as displaying
> the emails
> only if a cookie is set. Hmm, maybe it already works this
> way. There
> are a few cookies set. Nothing obvious though.

In these forums, email addresses are rendered as HTML entities, which might confuse some spiders. The easiest solution is to get yourself additional email address(es) which map to your main address. If they get compromised by spam you can switch to a new address.

I'll look into alternative spam protection (ie. the forum s/ware could introduce random NOSPAM strings for example. But nothing is likely to be completely effective (though I have been considering rendering emails as graphics...))

Shame you don't like #CCCC99 :-)
If other people agree I'll look for an alternative...

> Jonathan ?
>
>
> Cheers, Rex

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rex1's picture

Rex wrote:

> Hmm, even if i enter a valid email address it still barfs.

Ah i see, it queries the SMTP server. Still. It needs something to
stop the spiders. Perhaps something as simple as displaying the emails
only if a cookie is set. Hmm, maybe it already works this way. There
are a few cookies set. Nothing obvious though.

Jonathan ?

Cheers, Rex

rex1's picture

Can we change the #CCCC99 to something a bit less obnoxious ?

Also there seem to be few restrictions on what constitutes an email address.
I don't need some spider harvesting this site picking out my email address,
so i'm going to ruin it in some way with a "REMOVE ME", or a "DELETE".
At the moment this is not possible.
Hmm, even if i enter a valid email address it still barfs.

Otherwise a great effort.

Rex

hugh's picture

I agree. This is just the beginning...............