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Posted 07 April 2004 - 11:40 AM
However, on occasions there are times when I have to publish e-mail addresses and as a result the spam follows.
In the past I always coded my MAILTO: links to fool the e-mail harvesters, but I've never tested the idea to see if it works.
Here's an example:
Instead of inserting an e-mail address in the standard way...
I'll code the links this way... (I've had to insert it an an image)
Am I wasting my time doing this?... How 'clever' are todays e-mail harvesters these days and can they see past this sort of thing?
Posted 07 April 2004 - 12:10 PM
In mail forms, I hide the email address the form goes to in a Perl script.
I basically make sure there is no <a href="mailto:name@domain">name@domain</a> anywhere in the code. It has worked pretty well.
Posted 07 April 2004 - 12:33 PM
I admit it -- I put up with spam just because I don't want to miss out on just one email from a sufficiently lazy user
Posted 07 April 2004 - 12:40 PM
I stopped putting clickable email addresses on my sites about a year ago and still get plenty of inquiries through the forms, probably more than I did before. Besides if you make them fill out a form and require certain info, you can help them better because you usually have better information.
I enjoy not getting 1000 plus emails everyday to sift through. I still get maybe 2-3 spams a days but that sure beats 1000 plus.
Posted 07 April 2004 - 06:41 PM
I did have a client who insisted on a mailto: to open the user's email software awhile back who was concerned about spam. We played a little trick with that one.
First, I set up the email address in an image so that the harvesters couldn't get to it. It linked over to a little php page. This page first did a check against the HTTP_USER_AGENT and did a quick exit if it detected one of the harvesters. If not, normal visitors processed a single line like:
That's the only way I've ever figured out how protect a normal mailto: decently well though.
Posted 07 April 2004 - 08:09 PM
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