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Subject: Re: Searching through mail archives and fighting spam...
From: David Shaw <dshaw @ cs . jhu . edu>
Organization: Computer Science Department, The Johns Hopkins University
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 13:41:08 -0400 (EDT)
To: List-Managers @ GreatCircle . COM
In-reply-to: <199708260801 . BAA03155 @ honor . greatcircle . com> from List-Managers-Digest at "Aug 26, 97 01:01:13 am"

Jeroen Schipper <Jeroen .
 Schipper @
 let .
 ruu .
 nl> said:

> But I get requests from people who want to search the archives. When I
> setup the archive I created a robots.txt to prevent the archive to be
> indexed by webcrawlers, like AltaVista or HotBot. Why? Because I don't
> want those discussions indexed and have the e-mail addresses of all
> subscribers (who posted something)  floating on the Net so they can get
> spammed! Just for posting something to my mailinglist. 

One problem is that the spammer robots don't follow the robots.txt
exclusion standard.  Intentionally - they want to get as many addresses as
they can...

David

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