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Re: lynx-dev archive problem

From: Frédéric L . W . Meunier
Subject: Re: lynx-dev archive problem
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 13:43:55 -0300 (BRT)

On Fri, 20 Feb 2004, Doug Kaufman wrote:

> On Thu, 19 Feb 2004, Frédéric L. W. Meunier wrote:
> > No, a simple script could do that. Just remove all messages
> > that have
> >
> > <LI><EM>To</EM>: <A HREF="mailto:address@hidden";>address@hidden</A></LI>
>                                    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> Unfortunately, this post will give rise to more spam in the archive.

I don't think so,...

> The problem is that the secret address for entering posts in the
> archive (masked above) was harvested by spam engines, which started
> sending directly to the archive without going through lynx-dev itself.

Secret address ? Sounds like a configuration issue if
has such an address that accepts messages from outside their

> Please don't post the address, as it leads to harvesting by more
> engines, and more spam.

...because harvesters are more than happy with all addresses

> The problem hasn't exactly been ignored. Russell McOrmond (who runs
> flora) had offered to change the posting address to something else,
> which would be kept secret. He just needed to have someone from the
> lynx-dev list administration contact him to set this up. As far as I
> can tell, he is still waiting. He recently posted the offer again to
> the list-elves mailing list.

Did he also offer to munge the addresses from the archives ?

> Because of the way the mail is archived, cleaning the spam would change
> the indexing, voiding any published links to individual posts. It was
> thought best to leave the spam, rather than break the links.

Not if you clean the HTML files instead of recreating them from
the spam free mbox -


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