Re: Removal of Email Address
Is there any actual evidence that obscuring email addresses in common
forms like "asd at suespammers dot org" actually does any good?
Has anyone actually created two random email addresses, and posted them
to the same web page, one obscured, one not, and seen if there is a
measurable difference in spam?
My personal experience, though I have done no scientific test (as
above), suggests that neither of them would get a notable amount of
However, there is a _very_ noticable difference between trying to find
a message from firstname.lastname@example.org and one from some obscured form (how
was it obscured today?). There is a significant difference in how easy
it is to contact 'a href="mailto:email@example.com"' vs. 'branden at
debian dot org', 'firstname.lastname@example.org', etc.
Seriously, I have posted many, many, places with my suespammers
address. I get little spam at it, but a piece or two a day. OTOH, my
email@example.com address gets nailed with tens of pieces a day.
I realize that spammers could be avoiding the suespammers address (it'd
make good business sense, after all), but most of my spam seems come
from people plopping my address into web pages that don't bothing doing
double confirms, or from APNIC space.
[Wow, firstname.lastname@example.org got spammed again while writing this. Ugh.]