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Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] RE: encoded email
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 23:27:09 EDT
In a message dated 07/06/2003 01:25:07 GMT Daylight Time,
> So, in other words, even if I use an image and make it "clickable", so long
> as I have the "Sendto:" tags, I'm susceptible to being harvested? Doesn't
> what I wrote just sound awful?? :) But is that right? So what, then, is an
> easy way of allowing access to your email, but avoiding the automated
If you have an image which is linked by <.a href="mailto: the mail to address
can be harvested, but if you use images in the way World Connect does and the
message board admin addresses are, which is to use images as a way of
"writing" the address in an "unclikable way" then it can't be harvested, the downside
is that everybody who wants to contact you has to type out your address
without mistakes; which is easier said than done if you are
There are a number of ways of stopping you e-mail address from being
harvested by spammers.
The simplest is to write your address thus:
[to e-mail remove the X]
Another simple answer is to use one of the Ancestry message boards (if
appropriate) as your point of contact.
However the problem that we family historians face is that most of us are
also members of mailing lists and newsgroups which display our addresses in ways
that we can't control (this letter - including my e-mail address will be
archived by Rootsweb and harvested by the spammers)
As a family historian I WANT my address to be out there on the web - just in
case a distant cousin picks up a message I posted four years ago, and contacts
me with details of hundreds of relations I never knew about :-);
unfortunately whilst waiting for my elusive distant cousin to write I have to put up with
I have tried all sorts of ways to deal with it, none of which are successful.
Spam filters are a pain with genealogy related mail - especially if you have
family from Essex, etc., or you have mails including census details which
specify a child's sex, or parish register details where the vicar hasn't been
politically correct in his recording of illigitimates.
Most family historians and web masters "invite" strangers to contact us. We
just have to accept that it is an unfortunate fact of life, that in doing so
unsavoury people such as the "ministers of finance" "the prescription drug
pushers" and the "plastic surgeons" are going to take advantage of that invitation.
I have given up trying to stop Spam, I just delete mail which seems
suspicious. The Rootsweb Prepends [FreeHelp] are a help (I wish that Rootsweb would
make them compulsory, as I am a member of a couple of list that don't use them),
and encouraging site visitors to use "sensible" subject lines rather than just
"query" "family" "Can you help?" can also avoid instant deletion. I also have
a non-public address which is exclusive to family and friends, which is
"never" published on the internet and which is changed if a family member or a
friend does publish it inadvertently.
All the best