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From Wade Chandler <hwadechandler-apa...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: Junk Mail
Date Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:37:35 GMT

----- Original Message ----

> From: Jukka Zitting <jukka.zitting@gmail.com>
> To: river-dev@incubator.apache.org
> Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 6:13:33 AM
> Subject: Re: Junk Mail
> Hi,
> On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 9:46 AM, Peter Firmstonewrote:
> > I noticed my email address being picked up by junk mailers, searched for it
> > on google and noticed it appears in the apache river dev archive, any way we
> > can exclude our mail addresses in the archives or replace all @ with "at" to
> > prevent robots harvesting our email addresses?
> The policy of Apache has been to publish the email archives as-is,
> though you may want to contact infrastructure@apache.org to discuss
> that.
> When you're doing open source, it's generally impossible to keep your
> email address secret. Just posting to a public mailing list publishes
> your address to the world, and obfuscating it in the list archive
> simply delays the inevitable.
> My email addresses have been publicly visible with no obfuscation on
> numerous web sites continuously for the past 14 years, but I only see
> a handful of spam messages per day. As far as I'm concerned, spam
> filtering is a solved problem and you can even get it for free from
> providers like gmail.

Indeed. I never use my address for email lists, but instead use aliases. That way if I need
to get rid of one I just delete it, make a different one, and move on. From mailing lists
I hardly ever get spam, but the biggest culprits seem to be sites require the email addresses
to read articles and possibly some when I purchase things online. Even for those I use an
alias. Yahoo, for 20.00 a year, gives me email aliases and unlimited email storage. Works
well for online things...just have to be sure that when you setup your aliases they don't
have yourrealemailaddress-something@whatever.com because the robots will take the name- part
and pick out your email address and use that.


Wade Chandler, CCE
Software Engineer and Developer
Certified Forensic Computer Examiner
NetBeans Dream Team Member and Contributor


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