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New form of spam protection

I’ve had an idea for a new way of hiding email addresses from spam harvesters—shield the address behind a form that must be submitted via POST. Site visitors can now click a button on my Contact page to reveal my email address. Spammers could always circumvent the system by writing a harvester that parses HTML pages for forms and submits every single one, but I’m hoping they won’t bother.

This is New form of spam protection by Simon Willison, posted on 11th September 2002.

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