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Subject: Email address in archive files and changes to the event file processing
From: "Larry Cochrane" cochrane@..............
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 15:16:38 -0800


First I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Today I made some changes to my web server system. The first change was to
remove all email address for the PSN-L html and text archival files. This is
to prevent spammers (the lowest form of life on the earth) from harvesting
email address from my web site. I also modified the program that does the
archiving to prevent it from showing any email address. This is done by
looking for a @ and then a period in the "word" of each line of text. If a
word is found that looks like an email address the filter replaces the
domain name part of the address with periods.

The other change was to the program that handles the new event files. The
event@.............. address is getting hit my spammers. One of the things
the program did is to send back an email message if there were any errors in
the message. When a spammer used the address without any event files in the
message, the program would send out an error message. Since spammers do not
use valid return address, I would get a bounce message. Since I was getting
a lot of these messages I removed the code that sends back an error message.
If you send in event files you will get the message back that indicates you
have successfully upload your file(s). If you forget to attach the file(s)
of if some other error occurs you will not get an email message telling of
the problem.

Larry Cochrane
Redwood City, PSN


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