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From: "Sarah Hughes" <>
Subject: Re: Email Links - Avoiding SPAM
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2004 09:59:42 -0700
There have been exhaustive and very informative discussions on this list
about how to encrypt or hide email addresses on your site. If you consult
the archives, you will find a goldmine of tips. Also a few ideas that don't
work and very good explanations of why they don't. And some discussion of
accessibility issues that arise if you choose to use a graphic or to use
too, I'm sure. It'll be interesting to see the responses you get.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bathurst Family History Group" <>
Sent: Friday, October 08, 2004 3:03 PM
Subject: Email Links - Avoiding SPAM
> It's nice to get feedback about a website but the problem with
> including email links on a site is that they get "harvested" and the
> email address receives more SPAM than legal email.
> For several years I have had several links on the website that I
> maintain for our local Family History Group and I have wondered why
> some of the email addresses receive SPAM and others don't.
> Now I think I have worked it out:
> <A HREF="mailto:?subject=XXXX Website">Email the
> Webmaster</A> doesn't receive spam
> but <A HREF="mailto:</A> does.
> So it seems that the first style is better for more than one reason:
> it avoids spam AND a message is easily recognised as coming from the
> website link because the subject of the message is provided by the
> Incidentally, you can enhance the first version to include cc and bcc
> to send copies and/or blind copies of the message also.
> I would like others' ideas about this.
> Family History Group of Bathurst Inc.