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First, the 'WHY': there are programs (web robots, web crawlers) which have
been turned loose on the 'net to search for email addresses.  To send
advertising back to.  AKA, spam.

Some people's solution is to add 'nospam' or some other easily recognized
string of characters into their email address, to prevent it's use in this
fashion.
eg. [log in to unmask] could have 'NOSPAM' added into it to form:
[log in to unmask]  A real person, to reply to that eddress,
would simply delete the 'NOSPAM' to get the true addy.

Another alternative is to use words instead of characters: 'bibgfisher AT
comcast DOT net'; a replier would substitute the @ and the . into the string.

As a programmer, i can tell you that both methods are fairly easy to
circumvent -- kinda like the email equivalent of placebos.

kthompsn at springmail dot com

On Thu, 9 Jan 2003 10:35:50 -0600 Robert Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> While we're on the subject of off-listserv
> replies, some addressed to me
> have stated, "When replying delete no spam."
> How do I do that?
>
> Bob Fisher
> Independence, Missouri
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