Thursday 24 November 2005

Should We Publish Email Addresses?


Since posting my tips on how to frustrate spammers, I've received some questions and comments about publicizing email addresses on websites.

When I wrote How do spammers find your email address?, I said that harvesting was the main way that spammers find addresses. Harvesting is the automatic extraction of email addresses from web pages, online forum posts, and the like. Some people wrote things like, "If the #1 way of getting email addresses is to harvest them from web pages, surely the #1 way to frustrate spammers is not to publish email addresses on the web?" Well, yes, but...

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