[R] obfuscated identity

From: Martin Maechler <maechler_at_stat.math.ethz.ch>
Date: Sat 08 Oct 2005 - 23:12:48 EST

>>>>> "Globe" == Globe Trotter <itsme_410@yahoo.com>
>>>>> on Fri, 7 Oct 2005 16:39:10 -0700 (PDT) writes:

          .....

    Globe> I use this Yahoo! e-mail address as a junk e-mail
    Globe> address since the archives contain the complete
    Globe> e-mail address (no anti-spam measures taken) so I do
    Globe> not include my real name.

  [there are many different archives and some do some anti-spam measures..    to strip or obfuscate e-mail addresses before mail is sent    out, is really not an option!]

    Globe> It would be nice if the R-archivers stripped e-mail
    Globe> addresses from posters (or messed it up) so that
    Globe> spider programs would not be able to get it.

  (yes, but *all* of them would have to do it; and do it so    smartly that smart address collecting software cannot    regenerate it; ... )

    Globe> Many thanks and best wishes, GT

and you still don't tell us who you are!

Bert's remark was very much on point: Using a yahoo or gmail or ... e-mail address is one thing; but then we'd expect at least a full name (and often affiliation) as "signature". It not only netiquette, it's real life etiquette to not send anonymous letters....

Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich



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