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
> 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.