Emails are harvested by spammers

I use a unique email for almost every website (possible since I own the
domain). I now know for a fact that spammers are harvesting email
addresses from ruby-forum.com. It would be nice if rforum could hide
email addresses by default.

Yes… I wanted to suggest this as well… this is very bad… I expected
my address never to be shown, but they are … at least when somebody
replies to my post… then it says David K. (david… @
there.com) wrote… (see?) baad.

Carl J. wrote:

I use a unique email for almost every website (possible since I own the
domain). I now know for a fact that spammers are harvesting email
addresses from ruby-forum.com. It would be nice if rforum could hide
email addresses by default.

Carl J. wrote:

I use a unique email for almost every website (possible since I own the
domain). I now know for a fact that spammers are harvesting email
addresses from ruby-forum.com. It would be nice if rforum could hide
email addresses by default.

can somebody please install the hivelogic email enkoder
http://hivelogic.com/narrative/articles/enkoder_plugin

that’s a rails plugin to encode email-adresses so spammers can’t harvest
them. exactly what would be needed here. takes 10minutes to implement in
Rforum.
But it looks like we are on our own, since the last update on RForum was
in 2005.
see http://rubyforge.org/projects/rforum/

Matthias T. wrote:

Carl J. wrote:

I use a unique email for almost every website (possible since I own the
domain). I now know for a fact that spammers are harvesting email
addresses from ruby-forum.com. It would be nice if rforum could hide
email addresses by default.

can somebody please install the hivelogic email enkoder
http://hivelogic.com/narrative/articles/enkoder_plugin

that’s a rails plugin to encode email-adresses so spammers can’t harvest
them. exactly what would be needed here. takes 10minutes to implement in
Rforum.
But it looks like we are on our own, since the last update on RForum was
in 2005.
see http://rubyforge.org/projects/rforum/

who is responsible for admin accounts?

Xia __ wrote:

who is responsible for admin accounts?

Usually on rubyforge, the other admins can create a new admin. in this
case http://rubyforge.org/users/andreas/

D. Krmpotic wrote:

Yes… I wanted to suggest this as well… this is very bad… I expected
my address never to be shown, but they are … at least when somebody
replies to my post… then it says David K. (david… @
there.com) wrote… (see?) baad.

Carl J. wrote:

I use a unique email for almost every website (possible since I own the
domain). I now know for a fact that spammers are harvesting email
addresses from ruby-forum.com. It would be nice if rforum could hide
email addresses by default.

not only nice, i’d say a basic human right to privacy…
it’s triply crap that you can’t change your email either

Matthias T. wrote:

Carl J. wrote:

I use a unique email for almost every website (possible since I own the
domain). I now know for a fact that spammers are harvesting email
addresses from ruby-forum.com. It would be nice if rforum could hide
email addresses by default.

can somebody please install the hivelogic email enkoder
http://hivelogic.com/narrative/articles/enkoder_plugin

that’s a rails plugin to encode email-adresses so spammers can’t harvest
them. exactly what would be needed here. takes 10minutes to implement in
Rforum.

That wouldn’t solve anything. RForum DOES NOT display email addresses.
Only if you post to a mailing list forum (like the Ruby forum) your
email address will be in the From header, because that is how mailing
lists work.

But it looks like we are on our own, since the last update on RForum was
in 2005.
see http://rubyforge.org/projects/rforum/

No, see http://rforum.andreas-s.net.

Matthias T. wrote:

Andreas S. wrote:

can somebody please install the hivelogic email enkoder
http://hivelogic.com/narrative/articles/enkoder_plugin
[…] snip

That wouldn’t solve anything. RForum DOES NOT display email addresses.
Only if you post to a mailing list forum (like the Ruby forum) your
email address will be in the From header, because that is how mailing
lists work.

no offense, but this would solve something. if the message text gets
written out via javascript (the form enkoder) the whole spamming stuff
would stop. it’s not so hard to just push email-adresses through the
enkoder via regex, if you don’t want to encode the whole message body.
the fact is, that spam harvesting is happening here - and it could be
fixed.

But it looks like we are on our own, since the last update on RForum was
in 2005.
see http://rubyforge.org/projects/rforum/

No, see http://rforum.andreas-s.net

aha, thanks for the pointer.
when can we expect the next release on rubyforge?

greets,
matthias

Spammers are also using ruby-forum to send Revlon and Lubriderm free
samples to all us lucky rails developers:

http://groups.google.com/group/rubyonrails-talk/browse_frm/thread/fe3d53474202d944/#

I registered yesterday (17/06/2007) at 18:22 and had received my first
spam email by 15:43 today (18/06/2007) - a message from one Mr. Thompson
Brown who will of course be receiving my bank account details asap.

Receiving the spam surprised me given that I’m a member of a number of
forums and have not even vaguely had this problem before.

Reading this post, there’s mention of a “mailing list forum”. Could
someone please confirm that posting to the Ruby area of forums
(http://www,ruby-forum.com) does not result in the topic being sent to a
mailing list.

Thanks.

Steph

Andreas S. wrote:

can somebody please install the hivelogic email enkoder
http://hivelogic.com/narrative/articles/enkoder_plugin
[…] snip

That wouldn’t solve anything. RForum DOES NOT display email addresses.
Only if you post to a mailing list forum (like the Ruby forum) your
email address will be in the From header, because that is how mailing
lists work.

no offense, but this would solve something. if the message text gets
written out via javascript (the form enkoder) the whole spamming stuff
would stop. it’s not so hard to just push email-adresses through the
enkoder via regex, if you don’t want to encode the whole message body.
the fact is, that spam harvesting is happening here - and it could be
fixed.

But it looks like we are on our own, since the last update on RForum was
in 2005.
see http://rubyforge.org/projects/rforum/

No, see http://rforum.andreas-s.net

aha, thanks for the pointer.
when can we expect the next release on rubyforge?

greets,
matthias

Andreas S. wrote:

Stephan D. wrote:

Reading this post, there’s mention of a “mailing list forum”. Could
someone please confirm that posting to the Ruby area of forums
(http://www,ruby-forum.com) does not result in the topic being sent to a
mailing list.

It does, as you can see in the text above the reply/post form:

"Please read before posting

This forum is connected to a mailing list…"

Oh yes. I remember that message. I assumed that my post could be read by
thousands of people because I was posting it on a public forum. I did
not assume that my email address would be given away to everyone.

I’m clearly not the only one either.

In my opinion the admins need to make it very very clear, before signup
as well as before posting on a “mailing list forum”.

Stephan D. wrote:

Reading this post, there’s mention of a “mailing list forum”. Could
someone please confirm that posting to the Ruby area of forums
(http://www,ruby-forum.com) does not result in the topic being sent to a
mailing list.

It does, as you can see in the text above the reply/post form:

"Please read before posting

This forum is connected to a mailing list…"

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