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From David Crossley <>
Subject towards spam-free websites
Date Sat, 14 Dec 2002 05:13:05 GMT
I recently received various spam like the one attached.
The reason i was targeted is that my email address is
listed as a contributor on the "Cocoon changes" page.

This is a serious threat to open source. We try to
acknowledge contributions by listing their name and address.
Yet that actually does them harm - they will get spammed.
So they may stop contributing, which equates to malaise
for open source.

The Apache websites provide well-structured web pages,
and excellent tools with which to process them. Foiled.
Spammers can harvest us so easily with a Cocoon-based
page scraper.

Cocoon can do something about this. We can get the
stylesheets for our xdocs to not generate any
mailto: links and we can obfuscate the actual addresses.

What do you think?


-----Forwarded Message-----

From: MeganArmstrong <>
Subject: *****SPAM***** went to your site-
Date: 13 Dec 2002 03:15:47 -0700

SPAM: -------------------- Start SpamAssassin results ----------------------
SPAM: This mail is probably spam.  The original message has been altered
SPAM: so you can recognise or block similar unwanted mail in future.
SPAM: See for more details.
SPAM: Content analysis details:   (10.6 hits, 5 required)
SPAM: FROM_NAME_NO_SPACES (-0.1 points) From: no spaces in name
SPAM: X_ANTIABUSE        (2.4 points)  Found a X-AntiAbuse header
SPAM: FOR_FREE           (1.1 points)  BODY: No such thing as a free lunch (1)
SPAM: CLICK_BELOW        (1.5 points)  BODY: Asks you to click below
SPAM: NORMAL_HTTP_TO_IP  (3.3 points)  URI: Uses a dotted-decimal IP address in URL
SPAM: FREQ_SPAM_PHRASE   (2.4 points)  Contains phrases frequently found in spam
SPAM:                    [score:  11, hits: for free, search engine,]
SPAM:                    [subject line, the internet, the subject, this]
SPAM:                    [email, web site]
SPAM: -------------------- End of SpamAssassin results ---------------------

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