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I need help with contact form

by robertz2 / September 17, 2009 6:46 PM PDT

How can I change my email address from text into an image? Someone told me that this way it won't be picked up by spam bots and it will reduce spam.

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Convert text into image.
by Kees Bakker / September 17, 2009 7:01 PM PDT

1. Copy from text/word processor.
2. Paste into Paint.
3. Save as bmp or jpg.

Or scramble using a simple javascript like:
function scrambled_mail (u,t,d1,d2) {
document.write ('<a href="mailto:' + u + '@' + d1 + '.' + d2 + '">' + t + '</a> <i>(' + u + '@' + d1 + '.' + d2 + ')</i>' );}

That's what I do.


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"Someone" is mistaken
by Jimmy Greystone / September 17, 2009 11:31 PM PDT

This "Someone" is mistaken. If you don't want spam, the best thing you can do is be VERY selective about where you give your email address out. Free email services are great for making quick spam accounts that you can use when you need to sign up for some service. Once you get the login info, you can just abandon the account, and let it collect all the spam that floods in as a result of that site selling your email address for a quick buck.

There is no simple solution to the spam problem, otherwise someone would have invented it years ago. All you can do is hope to minimize the amount of spam you get by being EXTREMELY selective who gets your main email address, and then using dummy accounts for everything else. And you'll still get spam even then, but it will likely be fewer than 10 messages a day as opposed to hundreds or even thousands.

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