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Re: Replacing addresses


From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: Replacing addresses
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:50:31 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Chet Ramey wrote:
> Chris Down wrote:
> > Peter Cordes wrote:
> >> Oh, also, the online bug-bash archive has a bad habbit of replacing
> >> code with address@hidden  There was a whole thread about setting
> >> PS1=whatever that is now a complete mystery to non-subscribers!
> > 
> > Yes, let's please stop this useless obfuscation. If you *must*
> > obfuscate, then it should at least be retrievable somehow that doesn't
> > require clicking through tons of stuff. Besides, the list is archived in
> > other places that don't do this, so it doesn't really help anyone.
> 
> I think this is a global setting

Yes.  It is a global setting.  And directly due to complaints from
people when it wasn't used.  People complain if it isn't there.
People complain if it is there.

> and probably does more good than the annoyance it causes.

I don't think it can do much good.  The idea is to hide your email
address so that spammers don't know it and can't find it.  And yet
they use it for sending email.  Hiding email addresses simply does not
work.  The genie of information is easier to escape from the lamp than
to force back into it.

Bob

P.S. I looked over at the gmane.org archive to see how they handled
things and there even my quoted '@' which obviously is not an email
address got obfuscated to " <at> ".  So it appears there that no use
of an at sign anywhere is allowed.



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