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Re: Spam: process the web archives?

On Tue, 2002-10-15 at 10:41, Keith G. Murphy wrote:
> Jérôme Marant wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> >   Many people noticed the increasing level of spam these
> >   days. I do consider that the web archives of the debian
> >   lists help spammers a lot since they provide email
> >   addresses as is.
> > 
> >   I would suggest that we process the web archives, rewriting
> >   every email address so that they can no longer be used by
> >   spammers.
> > 
> I have seen this done by converting the text mail addresses to images. 
> That way the addresses are still unmunged and human-readable, but not 
> harvestable.
> Ought to work, these being web archives.

That works really well - for people who can see the images.  And yes,
there are several blind users who are very active on debian-user. 
Blocking them out is, um, short-sighted.  Spam can be dealt with by
means of a filter; there is no filter that would help these blind users
that wouldn't also help the spammers.

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