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masking or not email

From: Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2008 20:31:49 +0200
Message-ID: <486BC995.2070604@w3.org>
Cc: public-mw4d@w3.org

I'm separating the discussion about the framework and the email masking 
About this topic of email hiding or not. I understand why people are 
asking for it, mostly for spam.
Being at W3C since early 1995, I also understand why we are having this 
policy at W3C, since day 1. Public archives are indexed, and people can 
have access to it, and should be able to contact the relevant people 
without being member of the mailing-list. It should be possible also to 
contact people who left the list and know what were their email address. 
It might be possible to hide email address from spam robots (like foo 
[at] bar.org) but they are other issues here, e.g. accessibility 
(related to semantics as Slim mentionned). Some fora are going in 
another way, but here this is our policy, and be sure this has been 
largely debated. This is not the right place to have this discussion, 
and i propose we close it here.


Slim Amamou a écrit :
> On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 11:09 AM, Renjish Kumar <renjish.kumar@gmail.com 
> <mailto:renjish.kumar@gmail.com>> wrote:
>     I will take this opportunity also to add an off-topic concern. This
>     mailing list is currently publicly archived with the emailids
>     unmasked which is not the practice followed by most forums. I
>     request the webmaster or any concerned person to kindly follow this
>     practice as many of the members will use their official ids which
>     can become a hotspot for spammers. Considering that spamming is a
>     major issue to tackle also in mobile web, I would really appreciate
>     if you can take this issue seriously.
> I must disagree. I feel there is good and affordable antispam software 
> available (i.e. gmail) and there is no need to obfuscate email addresses 
> anymore. Consider the usability hassle derived from this practice. And 
> consider the fact that we are polluting the internet with non-semantic 
> data like slim [at] alixsys [dot] com .
> -- 
> Slim Amamou
> http://alixsys.com

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