On Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at 12:23 PM, J C Lawrence wrote:
There is a
general perception of the list archives as being the field's library
and historical archive.
In the end I look at it as questions of public record.
I agree with that, but I don't agree that this implies a need for it to
be in the global search engines.
but it's an interesting question to explore. Because if you're in the
global engines, it's not only a public record, it's potential marketing
and advertising. But to do that, you have to do something about those
email addresses to protect them. But if you do, you make it tough for
someone who sees a message in the archive to write for (or with!) more
info that the author might find useful.
What's do folks think about this? What kind of address munging is
adequate? Or should addresses be fully cloaked, or perhaps accessible
only through some CGI? Imagine inserting those addresses in a CGI, and
you can only e-mail through a lookup through the database -- you could
then track (and ban) abusers, and limit how much of that address data a
user could get to.
That might, thinking about it, also deal with the problem of people
setting up outside, unapproved archives without permission if they're
grabbing them from the master archive. It wouldn't solve folks who
generate archives directly from the mail list deliveries, though. Unless
you wanted ot munch all e-mail addresses in all cases, and we don't want
to go there.
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