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Re: fighting spam || avoiding spam

Matthew Palmer <mpalmer@debian.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 07, 2004 at 09:01:35AM +0200, Mathieu Roy wrote:
>> An idea is never counter-productive - only an implementation could
>> be. 
>> Your point is solely based on your idea of such
>> implementation. 
> Do you have an implementation to share with us? 

No, I do not provide a working solution from scratch. I was just
suggesting something.

> Then we can tear it apart.  Until then, nobody has any idea how
> clueful or otherwise it's likely to be, and all we can do is raise
> potential problems, with you defending your idea with "but it
> doesn't have to do that".  Write some code and show how well it
> works.

As I am, at the contrary of many people here, not a programmer, I do
not think it is really the necessary for me to spend time to write in
hours what other could write in minutes, especially if nobody is
really interested in my suggestion.

The little I know about computing leads me to think, however, that
writing a regexp that obfuscate address but not perl code is not
something impossible. 
For instance people is unlikely to have email
address like @bla or $@adad{da}. We can discriminate what could be an
address and what is probably not by checking the first part of the
And even the second part gives clues: unless it end with a .fr, .org,
.edu (anything that exists), there is no need to obfuscate it.

The obsfucated address could be replace by strings like firstpart[1],
firstpart[2], each one being a link to another page in an area only
DD can access. 

Mathieu Roy

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