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SECURITY WARNINGS! Putting E-mail Addresses and Serial Numbers In Posts

You should not post complete firearm serial numbers. Leave the last several digits off, and don't replace them with the right number of X's unless the exact range is important. In that case x-out at least 4 digits so it is hard to guess the exact number; otherwise, just say "the first few numbers are. . ." This is to prevent a thief from filing a police report and an insurance claim using your serial number, claiming the gun was stolen from him. That will put your gun on a stolen gun list, ready to get you arrested if you trade it in or sell it. You could find yourself having to be able to produce receipts or other proof of ownership, which, with heirlooms and direct purchases from other gun owners, can be impossible to do. Such a gun could wind up being taken from you and given to the thief by the authorities, while you go to jail for receiving stolen goods.

Spammers have programs called spambots that do nothing but crawl the web searching for e-mail addresses they can add to spam e-mailing lists. This is why it is not a good idea not to post your e-mail address directly in a forum or on a web site (unless you actually want to get more spam). It is also why it is bad "netiquette"� to post another person's e-mail address without their permission; please do not do it.

If you want other board members to e-mail you, the best approach is to let them e-mail you through the board or communicate with you by private messaging. Go to your user Control Panel (USER CP button near the top of each page) and when the Control Panel loads, click on Options. In the second group of options, under Messaging and Notification, check the two boxes to the right of "Receive Emails"� and "Enable Private Messaging?"�

If you want non-member readers to be able to e-mail you, I recommend you do not put an e-mail address in a post without first munging it (making it unrecognizable) to spammer software.

The old method of munging was to re-write an address like:To look like:
somebody at someplace dot com
which humans can read, but the early spambots could not. Newer spambots can figure that out, so many mungers took it to the next level:
somebody extratext a_t somplace extratext d_o_t c_o_m
The human is supposed to figure out that "extratext" should be removed and the underscores pulled from "a_t"� and "d_o_t c_o_m" and the appropriate characters put in their place. The underscores (or use dashes or asterisks, etcetera) are supposed to stop a spambot from successfully searching posts for the words "dot"� and "com"� and gathering whatever surrounds them to work out an e-mail address.

That last method still works pretty well, but it isn't foolproof. The best munging is to insert an image file made in a drawing program like Windows Paint, or scanned from intentionally clumsy handwriting. For awhile, people just captured a type image, but the spammers have gone to optical character recognition to pick up addresses in image files on web sites, so the jagged, inconsistent letters from a hand written address made using the mouse works best.

Example:



This was made in Windows by going Programs|Accessories and selecting the Paint program. In the window, the pencil tool is used to write the address with the mouse, holding down the left mouse button while drawing the letters. The eraser tool can be used to re-do a part you don't like. The file is the saved as a .gif file for small size. It is then opened in the Microsoft Office Picture Manager (free with Windows), and the Picture|Crop command is used to trim the extra white space away before saving the file again. You can use the Picture|Resize function to alter the size and shape to fit the page better if you need to. Making this image file is a bit of a bother, but you only need to do it once, then you can use it in other posts. Only real human beings can make any sense of it. It can be loaded into your post by any of the methods described in the attached file below:

A new alternative

This sight generates a spambot unreadable image of your e-mail address for you to put in your posts:
http://www.spam-proof-email-generator.com/ {NOTE: this link misdirecting as of 26OCT13. Can't find an alternative yet, so I'll leave it up in case the web heals it.}

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Exerpted from a spamcop.net user's forum. Partial rules of spam:

Rule #1: Spammers lie.

* Russel's Admonition: Always assume that there is a measurable chance that the entity you are dealing with is a spammer.

* Lexical Contradiction: Spammers will redefine any term in order to disguise their abuse of Internet resources.

* Sharp's Corollary: Spammers attempt to re-define "spamming" as that which they do not do.

* Finnell's Corollary: Spammers define "remove" as "validate."​

Rule #2: If a spammer seems to be telling the truth, see Rule #1.

* Crissman's Corollary: A spammer, when caught, blames his victims.

* Moore's Corollary: Spammer's lies are seldom questioned by mainstream media.​
 

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