[thelist] Hiveware email address encoder

Tom Dell'Aringa pixelmech at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 23 23:01:39 CDT 2003

--- Jeff Howden <jeff at jeffhowden.com> wrote:
> sarah,
> ><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><
> > From: Sarah
> >
> > Just wondering if anyone has any experience with the
> > Hiveware email address encoder
> > (<http://www.hiveware.com/enkoder_form.php>) or anything
> > similar and knows whether or not it is actually
> > effective at deterring spam bots.
> ><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><
> if it's effective today, it's only a matter of time before it will
> no longer be effective.

That's unfortunately true, but I think currently it works fairly
well. It's pretty well written.

> more importantly though, does the technique create barriers to
> users trying
> contacting you?  for those using browsers that don't support
> javascript or
> have javascript disabled, it's a resounding yes.  the hiveware
> enkoder does
> not degrade to a usable format for any of these users.  for a
> personal site
> that's probably ok.  for a corporate site it's most likely a
> deafening no.

I've been reading this thread, and I tend to agree with jeff. I use
the enkoder on my personal site, but I probably wouldn't use it on a
client site. And I would definitely include an email link with any
contact form.

My problem is I use web-based email (yahoo) because I move around so
much, and I like the tools. Yahoo's spam filters are okay, but I wish
there was some 3rd party tool that could stop the stuff before it
hits my box. Oh well.


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