9 Replies Latest reply on Nov 24, 2008 3:51 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Email addresses on a web page

    johngordon12 Level 1
      Just a quickie on this - I've never thought twice about including an email address on a web page, but someone was telling a client of mine recently that they're a bit of a no no as they attract spam.

      Is there much in that? I'd have thought that including an email address is ultimately a 101 thing to include?
        • 1. Re: Email addresses on a web page
          Level 7
          Hello Iain71,

          I wouldn't just put MY email on any site I design. I'd add a form that users
          can fill out and I'll get the email that way. Yes, that is a good way to
          attract more unwanted email.

          > Just a quickie on this - I've never thought twice about including an
          > email address on a web page, but someone was telling a client of mine
          > recently that they're a bit of a no no as they attract spam.
          >
          > Is there much in that? I'd have thought that including an email
          > address is ultimately a 101 thing to include?
          >


          • 2. Re: Email addresses on a web page
            Level 7
            > Is there much in that?

            Yes.

            > I'd have thought that including an email address is
            > ultimately a 101 thing to include?

            Most experienced users will use a feedback form and not an email address.

            --
            Murray --- ICQ 71997575
            Adobe Community Expert
            (If you *MUST* email me, don't LAUGH when you do so!)
            ==================
            http://www.projectseven.com/go - DW FAQs, Tutorials & Resources
            http://www.dwfaq.com - DW FAQs, Tutorials & Resources
            ==================


            "Iain71" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
            news:gg4k59$chp$1@forums.macromedia.com...
            > Just a quickie on this - I've never thought twice about including an email
            > address on a web page, but someone was telling a client of mine recently
            > that
            > they're a bit of a no no as they attract spam.
            >
            > Is there much in that? I'd have thought that including an email address is
            > ultimately a 101 thing to include?
            >

            • 3. Re: Email addresses on a web page
              JoeDaSilva Level 4
              Spam "bots" can crawl the page and collect email addresses, this much is true. Some people combat this by creating an image of the '@' symbol, which is a usability issue in my opinion. Some people use contact forms instead of email and then hide the address away in a config file.

              Personally I don't worry about it. Just the act of having an email address these days attracts spam.
              • 4. Re: Email addresses on a web page
                Level 7
                Email links are like flashing neon signs that say "Spam Me!"
                Form to email scripts with spam controls are your best bet. Unfortunately,
                some server hosts like GoDaddy don't permit the use of 3rd party contact
                form scripts on shared servers. In these cases, I will use an email
                obfuscator either in JavaScript or JQuery to hide the email link address
                from bots. That said, email obfuscators are not 100% reliable but they're
                better than no protection at all.

                --
                Nancy O.
                Alt-Web Design & Publishing
                www.alt-web.com


                • 5. Re: Email addresses on a web page
                  Level 7
                  > That said, email obfuscators are not 100% reliable but they're
                  > better than no protection at all.

                  Do you believe that?

                  --
                  Murray --- ICQ 71997575
                  Adobe Community Expert
                  (If you *MUST* email me, don't LAUGH when you do so!)
                  ==================
                  http://www.projectseven.com/go - DW FAQs, Tutorials & Resources
                  http://www.dwfaq.com - DW FAQs, Tutorials & Resources
                  ==================


                  "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
                  news:gg4nbd$g72$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                  > Email links are like flashing neon signs that say "Spam Me!"
                  > Form to email scripts with spam controls are your best bet.
                  > Unfortunately,
                  > some server hosts like GoDaddy don't permit the use of 3rd party contact
                  > form scripts on shared servers. In these cases, I will use an email
                  > obfuscator either in JavaScript or JQuery to hide the email link address
                  > from bots. That said, email obfuscators are not 100% reliable but they're
                  > better than no protection at all.
                  >
                  > --
                  > Nancy O.
                  > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
                  > www.alt-web.com
                  >
                  >

                  • 6. Re: Email addresses on a web page
                    Level 7
                    In my experience obfuscation works pretty well. Not ideal; still better
                    than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. ;-)


                    --
                    Nancy O.
                    Alt-Web Design & Publishing
                    www.alt-web.com


                    • 7. Re: Email addresses on a web page
                      Level 7
                      Animated GIFs are better than a poke in the eye. But I doubt obfuscators
                      work, really. Anything that is obfuscated can be unobfuscated.

                      --
                      Murray --- ICQ 71997575
                      Adobe Community Expert
                      (If you *MUST* email me, don't LAUGH when you do so!)
                      ==================
                      http://www.projectseven.com/go - DW FAQs, Tutorials & Resources
                      http://www.dwfaq.com - DW FAQs, Tutorials & Resources
                      ==================


                      "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
                      news:gg4qq6$k8f$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                      > In my experience obfuscation works pretty well. Not ideal; still better
                      > than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. ;-)
                      >
                      >
                      > --
                      > Nancy O.
                      > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
                      > www.alt-web.com
                      >
                      >

                      • 8. Re: Email addresses on a web page
                        johngordon12 Level 1
                        Thanks guys - I usually put a form as well as tel numbers and an email address, so that users have the choice.

                        I guess I'm so used to spam I just delete it without thinking about it, but some people seem more sensitive to it than others.

                        Murray - I noticed on one of your sites last week a kind of DIY CAPCHA box, where people have to type in R-E-D?

                        So basically the form won't send unless it is, but very simple to set up compared to regular CAPTCHA solutions?

                        Or is there anything more to it?
                        • 9. Re: Email addresses on a web page
                          Level 7
                          > So basically the form won't send unless it is, but very simple to set up
                          > compared to regular CAPTCHA solutions?

                          Provided you can code the 'trap' part in the form processing script, yeah -
                          it's mighty simple. I still prefer the honeypot method, though.

                          --
                          Murray --- ICQ 71997575
                          Adobe Community Expert
                          (If you *MUST* email me, don't LAUGH when you do so!)
                          ==================
                          http://www.projectseven.com/go - DW FAQs, Tutorials & Resources
                          http://www.dwfaq.com - DW FAQs, Tutorials & Resources
                          ==================


                          "Iain71" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
                          news:ggdtvt$9gv$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                          > Thanks guys - I usually put a form as well as tel numbers and an email
                          > address,
                          > so that users have the choice.
                          >
                          > I guess I'm so used to spam I just delete it without thinking about it,
                          > but
                          > some people seem more sensitive to it than others.
                          >
                          > Murray - I noticed on one of your sites last week a kind of DIY CAPCHA
                          > box,
                          > where people have to type in R-E-D?
                          >
                          > So basically the form won't send unless it is, but very simple to set up
                          > compared to regular CAPTCHA solutions?
                          >
                          > Or is there anything more to it?
                          >