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Re: Are you getting Spam from Crossfire Media?
From: Rich Kulawiec <rsk () gsp org>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:44:14 -0500
On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 09:33:48AM +1300, Mark Foster wrote:
I do have to ask though, what's up with third-party systems creating a web
accessible archive of the mailing list? Worse, with them not fudging
email addresses when doing so?
1. (in reply to the original) I haven't received anything from them here
yet, but it may have been rejected at the perimeter. When I get a chance
this evening, I'll check logs and see if I turn up anything.
2. Yes, it's quite rude for third parties to set up (public) archives
of mailing lists without the prior, express consent of the owner(s)
of those lists. I don't see a problem with individual members of
such lists maintaining their own (private) archives -- and I routinely
do so for every list I'm on.
3. But it's utterly pointless to obfuscate addresses in such archives:
spammers have long since set up quite efficient methods of harvesting
any address used on any public mailng list or Usenet newsgroup.  The
only people meaningfully impeded by these futile attempts at obfuscation
are legitimate senders.
 Someone should explain this to Google in re their Usenet archive:
spammers have NNTP feeds, too.