View Full Version : Website - contact question

12-18-2008, 03:05 AM
Can't remember where I read about this - perhaps it was here, not sure. There was a brief instruction on contact info. In light of spamming, someone described how to have visitors click and provide their contact info. You'd then receive an email informing you of this particular person's interest. Wish I know the terminology for this.

Seems a more technical (and elegant) option than the spelling out of your email address with spaces and "AT" to replace the "@".

12-18-2008, 04:30 AM
I use a captcha - this one: http://mailhide.recaptcha.net/


12-18-2008, 07:34 AM

What Tina uses is to avoid bots, however there are bots that can overcome captcha, if I'm correct.
Although I don't use one, I think it's a good thing.
If you weren't referring to captcha, maybe you were referring to a "contact form". Both things can be put together.
I didn't check Tina's link, quite probably that's what it does.

Kind regards,


12-18-2008, 09:25 AM
That particular captcha just gives an email link once they type the word in. :) Yes, there are some that integrate forms as well though, never actually revealing an email address.

I have gotten very very little spam via my website over the years. Almost every time I get a spam influx (like this week suddenly, grrrr!) I can trace it back to signing up for a particular site.


Flame Lily
12-18-2008, 10:28 AM
This is what I use (http://danbenjamin.com/enkoder/form), have had it on my websites for years - you can see on my (no action happenin') blog (http://www.liesl.org) on the left is my 'contact me' (questions, comments) link - if you mouse over, you can see my e-mail address in the status bar (bottom left of your screen) and if you click on the link you can send me an e-mail without having to change anything. My e-mail address in encoded and I never get spam in my inbox from my websites. I use gmail, an address that I don't use for anything else, so I know what comes from my sites. You can just type in whatever you want your link to say and get the code which scrambles your e-mail address and paste it where you want your link to appear.

It's worked well for me anyway, even though I have not updated and used my blog in ages I still get lots of hits and occasional e-mails, but no spam, none in my 'inbox' anyway.

The Enkoder (http://danbenjamin.com/enkoder/form).

12-21-2008, 12:00 PM
That particular captcha just gives an email link once they type the word in

That's a great idea, Tina.

I use a contact form myself. Works fine as far as not having my email out there, but I receive the occasional form info that is just gibberish.

Here is a good blog post about fighting email spam (http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/networking/?p=763) that is worthwhile reading.


12-22-2008, 12:50 PM
The way we handle it on our artist sites is the contact form never reveals the email address of the artist (and it has a captcha). That way, even if spam gets through, the spammer doesn't have the email address of the artist and the artist can pick and choose who to respond to (and thereby pick and choose who gets their email address).

Greg Long
12-22-2008, 01:45 PM
I use my web-based email address, tbh I feel that if I ask potential clients to jump through hoops they will just jump.

12-25-2008, 01:47 PM
Easyest way to avoid spam is to make adress as picture!

12-25-2008, 02:03 PM
Address as a picture means they can't click and send - they have to go to their mail programme and type it in. Many won't bother.


12-30-2008, 03:07 PM
Address as a picture means they can't click and send - they have to go to their mail programme and type it in. Many won't bother.

Good point, Tina. I opted out of contacting a blogger for this very reason. While you want to cut the spam, you certainly can't make it difficult. Captcha and/or a form are your best ways to go.

If you have your own domain, disable the catchall email account. Spammers will send emails to your domain, trying the common ones like [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], etc. When you set up your own email, make sure it's not one of these common monikers.

On a related note, if you're really interested in tracking your spam, you can try a service like SneakEmail, which allows you to set up a phony email which then forwards to you. Your actual email is never revealed. That way, you can identify a source and delete an account without having to start over with your email account.