LogicMaze Employee Thoughts

Avoiding Spam in both your inbox and the customers by Josh Krannawitter - Senior Designer
July 10, 2006, 2:14 pm
Filed under: Josh's Posts, Website Design Misc.

OK, we seem to be having a spam issue (I myself started receiving spam in my inbox a few weeks ago which is a first on my LogicMaze Acct). So let’s address a way to avoid some spam for ourselves and our clients. Spammers have alot of different tricks to gathering e-mail addresses and I can’t claim I have the method to reduce all spam. Obviously, not putting your e-mail address anywhere on the web is a solid method, but that’s not something we can do for ourselves and customers. You need to understand that most spammers do not actually surf the web themselves copying and pasting e-mail addresses they find on web pages. It is a more automated process similar to search spiders. The program follows links site to site and scours the code looking for an email format: name@name.com. So if we avoid that format in our code we can trick the spiders into not identifying e-mails. Here’s what you need: http://www.primeshop.com/html/jump3b.htm . There you will find an ASCII reference chart that is not only good for this purpose, but also for inserting all kinds of symbols into webpages. Simply find the character you wish to have displayed on the page and then look under the HTML column to find the code needed to generate the symbol on the webpage. OK, I tried to put it in here, but the blog will not allow me to show the code. At some point when the code is rendered for the blog it converts it to the appropriate symbols. So follow these instructions to see this work: 1) Open your HTML editor of choice. 2) Open the webpage I gave you earlier. 3) In your code editor replace the “@” and the “.” of an address with the appropriate HTML code for that symbol. Basically #64 and #46, respectively, preceded with an “&” and followed by a “;”. 4) check you webpage and you will see a valid e-mail address. Note that this does work in a link format mailto:john(codeinsteadofsymbol)website(codeinsteadofsymbol)com . However, I am not sure if it works with submitting forms, so we may need to test this and comment later to this post. Not much we can do about spam that is already coming, but this could eliminate alot of future spam.


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