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    Why most site use [at]

    hello just curious why most sites when they put their contact information they use [at] like that . why they don't just write @
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    it used to fool spam bots looking to harvest email addresses ... but it is pretty irrelevant now-a-days.

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    That's what i thought thanks
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    I just normally use a contact form. This tool can create you one for free:
    http://www.thesitewizard.com/wizards/feedbackform.shtml

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    Yeah, spam bots will just replace [at] with @ automatically. You have to stay clever, and be one step ahead of them. Safest way is just to use a contact form.

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    I'm considering trying this with my next site, creating a gif image of my email so technicaly it'll be an image and if someone clicks it then it opens into a form ..

    Any idea if spam bots would recognize it ? I doubt it though ...
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy someonewhois's Avatar
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    Depends. It's possible to extract text from an image, so the spam bots MIGHT eventually do that. It'll be a lot more resource intensive for the bots, so it depends how badly they want to harvest. whois.sc uses an image for e-maill address (generated on the fly, I think), with a simple gradient on the text, but I'm pretty sure the spam bots have mastered that one (since it's generic through all of them).

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    Perhaps a mix of both is best, images for users who want to use their own email program, and a form for those who don't want to bother typing the address out.

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    Displaying your contact details (in this case email address) as images could cause issues with accessibility (and possibly usability as well) if people have images turned off or disabled for some reason. If you're going to take the image option, I would make sure an alternative was also available.
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    It's to protect email addresses from spambots.

    I prefer the Boxtrapper approach, a contact-form, or a dynamcially generated image/Ming'd flash image.
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    I use on some of my sites a neat JS function that prints email to a link - For example I can use where I want the email link to be something like:
    Code:
    <script type="text/javascript">print_mail_to_link("ronny","pixelsheaven.com","Ronny");</script>
    and then the function is like:
    Code:
    function print_mail_to_link(u,d,a) {
       document.write("<a href=\"mailto");
       document.write(":" + u + "@");
       document.write(d + "\" class=\"normal_u\">" + a + "</a>");
    }
    Note that I've added my own class there, you can change whatever you like. Anyway, it works like a charm. Good luck!
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    Contact forms are fast and very efficient solution.
    It gives great results!

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    COntacts form are ok , but when you have a dating site and you have 1000's of members , it will disturb you and specially 100% free.
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