svn commit: r39233 - head/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/ports

Doug Barton dougb at
Thu Jul 19 10:22:50 UTC 2012

On 07/19/2012 03:05, Benedict Reuschling wrote:
> Am 19.07.12 11:17, schrieb Doug Barton:
>> On 07/19/2012 02:12, Niclas Zeising wrote:
>>>   Suggested by:	Roger Magana <ram0042 [AT] hotmail [DOT] com>
>> Please don't obscure e-mail addresses in commit messages. It does
>> nothing to confuse the spammers, but it does make it more difficult to
>> see who has contributed what over the years; not to mention copying and
>> pasting addresses into e-mails for responding to those contributors.
> I'm a bit surprised by this.

I'm not sure why, since you've been around long enough to have seen me
ask people not to do it half a dozen times at least. :) I don't do it
every time obviously, just periodically.

> I've been doing this email-obscuring thing
> as long as I'm with the project. My mentor did it also, and as far as I
> can see it is done virtually by everyone,

That's not even close to true.

> We probably should discuss this on a project level if there are reasons
> not to do it (like you said, that spammers might not be driven away by
> it)

It isn't "might." It's been true since day 1 that there are no patterns
which are recognizable by humans that the spammers cannot trivially
harvest. All obscuring games do is make people feel better, and in our
case reduce the amount of useful information.

> and find other (read: better) ways to balance the attribution of
> contributors in commits and not making them spam-targets at the same time.

There isn't one. If you publish an e-mail address on the Internet, it
will get harvested.



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