[MediaWiki-l] MediaWiki mailing list emails exposed to potential spam
Found out a few days ago that email addresses for people using MediaWiki mailing lists have been archived at gossamer threads. While at some places they have been converted to images, but at others, they are clearly readable by a bot as has been done by google.
Gossamer threads don't seem to list any contact details. Anyone from the WikiMedia foundation has any information on how to get those removed?
Re: MediaWiki mailing list emails exposed to potential spam
Indeed, there's no way to have said messages scrubbed.
Generally: if you send a message to a public mailing list you're already
opening yourself to spam anyway. There's basically no way around it.
On Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 8:40 AM Bartosz Dziewoński <[hidden email]>
> I don't think it's possible to get them removed. This mailing list is
> public and fairly widely mirrored, not just on Gossamer Threads.
> Bartosz Dziewoński
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> To unsubscribe, go to:
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/mediawiki-l >
> On 08/03/17 19:39, Chad wrote:
> > Generally: if you send a message to a public mailing list you're already
> > opening yourself to spam anyway. There's basically no way around it.
> Mailman can be set to hide email addresses.
This is true, but in practice I never see any lists doing it. My comment
wasn't really mailman specific and was more a "if you use an e-mail address
on a public forum you really should expect spammers to harvest it."