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Re: Change emacsbugs addresses in old, open reports?

From: Glenn Morris
Subject: Re: Change emacsbugs addresses in old, open reports?
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:51:42 -0400
User-agent: Gnus (, GNU Emacs (

Chong Yidong wrote:

> I am still surprised that replacing @ has any effect on email harvesting
> rates.  You'd think spammers would be able to circumvent common schemes
> trivially; in a logical world, such obfuscation should be irrelevant.

It's good for us that they are lazy (so far...).

Our own stats are pretty convincing/damning:

Currently, there are 2020 archived mails with spam scores > 5 in
/var/lib/exim4 that have a To: field (this is just since March 1).
Of these, 1618 (80%) are for addresses
(which have not been advertised on the web for over a year).

36 (!) were sent to addresses.
Excluding the control and submit addresses, which I think appear
unobscured somewhere on the web site, leaves a grand total of 9 spams
send to "address@hidden" addresses. Two of these are to address@hidden, which
again appears unobscured as an example address on the website.

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