[hackerspaces] So, how much spam do you get?

Joshua Pritt ramgarden at gmail.com
Mon Oct 27 15:43:41 CET 2014

Publishing an email on a public website so that the public can contact you
is one of ways spammers can scrape your email address to add to their
database.  But it's just one of the things to deal with if you truly want
the public to be able to contact you.  I think changing your email is a
good way to go but if you gave out a lot of business cards or flyers with
your email it might not be easy or even possible.  So our best bet is to
use all the anti-spam tools at our disposal to try to get rid of it.  It's
not going to go away so we just have to stay ahead of them and be able to
add their email addresses, domains, subject lines, and email bodies to a
spam database that can be used for smart filters.
We've set up our admin at melbournemakerspace.org main email to bounce to
several board members that mostly use Gmail.  So if any spam has gone to
our email address I, for one, have not seen it thanks to Gmail's spam

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Nathaniel Bezanson <myself at telcodata.us>

> We get/got a LOT of maker-targeted spam to our contact address. Once in a
> while, the spammers wouldn't understand BCC, and we'd get a look at the
> address list: All hackerspace contact emails. I finally realized that these
> folks were just scraping addresses from the hackerspaces.org wiki.
> I finally went and changed the contact address on our entry, and the
> volume seems to have fallen off quite sharply. A real human trying to
> contact us should figure it out in no time. But I wonder whether anyone
> else has taken this step, and how many more will be pushed to do so, and
> what this suggests for the future of the resource.
> -Nate B-
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