[rescue] spam WPOISON

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at hawkmountain.net
Mon Sep 8 14:35:47 CDT 2003

>From: "Jonathan C. Patschke" 
>On Mon, 8 Sep 2003, Dave McGuire wrote:
># 4. Either a copy of, or a link to the official Wpoison logo graphic
>#    (which may be found at http://www.monkeys.com/wpoison/logo.gif) must be
>#     included in, and clearly and legibly visible on the home page of
>#     any
>#     web site which uses, employs, includes, or makes reference to this
>#     software or any derivative or modified version thereof.

And given this restriction it wouldn't be hard for a spam bot to check
for a link to the graphic on the page being scanned or the top level page
and then leave that site ignoring it's contents.... 

This restriction seems to be labelling spam software writers as
unintelligent.... which while some may be... there are people smart
enough out there to know they shouldn't be writing spamming software...
but are...

>And if the logo changes?

link to their logo... let them worry about the changes.

>#     Also, the
>#     official Wpoison logo itself must be include in an HTML hyperlink
>#     so that any usser clicking on any part of the logo image will be
>#     directed/linked to the Wpoison home page at:
>#       http://www.monkeys.com/wpoison/

even easier for web bots to determine to stay away from the pages
hosted there...

>Never mind that this:
>  1) Isn't my problem, since the "official logo" is maintained by the
>     monkeys.
>  2) Is technically impossible unless the logo were converted to a
>     Java applet or a Shockwave/Flash object.
>#     In order to satisfy this requirement, you may simply include the
>#     following HTML code somewhere (anywhere) on your web site home
>#     page:
>Anywhere?  How about inside a comment?

I'm for that approach :-)

>#       <A HREF="http://www.monkeys.com/wpoison/">
>#               <IMG SRC="http://www.monkeys.com/wpoison/logo.gif">
>#       </A>
>This is totally unacceptable.  I'll include a link, but they can go fuck
>themselves if they're going to dictate a LOGO on the front page my
>website.  Their idea for the program isn't that complicated, and there's
>no reason that someone can't write a program that does the same thing
>with a less demanding license.

well, the idea is simple enough... how long would it really take to
recode (in say PHP) ?

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