In Reply to: Porno spam from TOJOKER@AOL>COM (Hey admin guys..) posted by vince on September 06, 1999 at 10:05:43:
: I've no desire to get this kind of mail, and have sent him a message saying so. I'm posting this with the hope that the admin guys on this list will take note and do whatever it is they can to prevent people from taking addresses from this list to spam.
Unfortunately, there is nothing that any web site can do to stop anyone from taking any of the content that is posted on that site.
The person below that posted some tips had some good ideas. Another thing you can do is write your address as something like....z3NOSSPAM@bimmer.org, and usually people who really want to get in touch with you are smart enough to remove the extra letters. You'll notice I put two S's--that's because some email-gathering programs that collect addresses to spam are smart enough to remove "nospam" from an email address.
One thing that stops automated programs from harvesting your email address is to make a simple graphic that shows your email address rather than posting it as text. That way, a real person has to see the graphic before they know your email address.
Of course, there's no way to stop an individual from actually harvesting your email address, but you can try not to make it easy for robots that roam the web looking for addresses to spam.
For what it is worth, I have several email addresses, and always use the one I'm using in this post when I post on bimmer.org. I can only think of one instance in which I received a spam email to that address, so in general it does not seem that anyone is harvesting addresses from this site.
I don't like spam at all, so by posting my own email address, I try to allay people's fears that they will get spammed. I have a question--do all of the people's email addresses that got spammed exist anywhere else in a list or email list or any other web page?