Lot'sa email addresses
mail-e-8a993e9451af8c4323 at kimihia.org.nz
Sun Sep 23 04:56:05 PDT 2001
Bob La Quey wrote:
: OK. This just says to me that the collection algorithms are
: pretty lousy. I can see such a thing as being very useful.
Problem is ... they aren't lousy.
You end up with two address book entries:
"lbarnes at san.rr.com" <im-so-naughty at spam.kimihia.org.nz>
"Lan Barnes" <lbarnes at san.rr.com>
Both perfectly valid, and both not colliding. Unless you specifically add
a check for this sort of deviance then who will notice?
And adding a little whitespace will possibly also work around checks.
: Or have it be smarter about collisions, as a minimum detect them
: and tell the user.
In an attempt not to scare users, only the name (the part in quotes) of
the recipient is displayed in Outlook Express. mutt, Netscape Messenger,
and Mozilla Mail, display the whole name and address, so this is avoided.
: All this really tells me is we need better filters and smarter collectors.
Not collecting addresses from incoming mail messages is the best solution.
Otherwise you have an elevation of privilege (kinda) where an untrusted
source (ie, an arbitarily specified sender) becomes a trusted member of
your address book.
So no use taking cars off the road.
Stephen Cope - http://sdc.org.nz/
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