[d at DCC] Truth in Spam.
russell at flora.ca
Wed Nov 22 10:51:59 EST 2006
Peter Kieser wrote:
> I find UCE very annoying as well. Why is the archives for the DCC list
> still showing our email addresses in the plain?
This has been discussed before in the DCC volunteers mailing list.
This requires someone else to step up and be a volunteer. If
everything related to this site is left to me to do it is likely that
the copyright on the PHP code will have expired before I have a chance
to look into this issue. We need to move forward on this, including
porting the existing code into a Drupal module (I can help anyone who
volunteers as I've done Drupal modules before).
Of course, there are easy ways to convince me to make your priorities
into my priorities. Anyone who collects at least 100 signatures to
either of our petitions gets to decide what items should be a higher
priority in my TODO list. If nobody is interested in volunteering code
or volunteering to coordinate collecting signatures, then I guess this
issues isn't really that important.
P.S. Having email addresses in the archives is not a significant factor
in SPAM. SPAM is now big business, and much of the Microsoft Windows
malware out there is produced by this sector. Any email addresses known
to any infected computer becomes part of the SPAM system, and the
infected computer itself is used to deliver SPAM (IE: looking at the
source IP doesn't help as the SPAM is relayed like regular email).
Training all your friends/acquaintances on safe Internet practices,
including helping them upgrade to software that makes installing malware
harder (rather than automatic), is far more critical than worrying about
email addresses on websites.
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
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