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

Sector67 Team team at sector67.org
Mon Oct 27 15:50:31 CET 2014

I think Nate is talking about targeted "spam" around the latest Kickstarter
project for hackers to support, etc - not so much the typical Viagra or low
budget stock options spam.  There have been a few lately that haven't
BCC'd, so it was apparent that they're just gathering all of the addresses
from a single location (probably this site) and then bugging everyone.

I would suggest putting a CAPTCHA to reveal the contact address, but
knowing that the map still isn't fixed, I don't think this is going to fall
into a high priority bucket.


Chris Meyer


2100 Winnebago St
Madison, WI  53704

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM, Joshua Pritt <ramgarden at gmail.com> wrote:

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