The CanberraBirds list archive

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From: David McDonald <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 06:48:59 +0000
Greetings. I have recently been contacted by a subscriber to this list
who had apparently just become aware that emails distributed via the
list are stored in the list archive which can be accessed online at . They
expressed concern that their email address was visible in the archive as
part of emails that they had posted to the list.

The person who hosts the archive for COG, and I, both explained that,
although a person browsing the archive can see the email addresses, the
email addresses are actually camouflaged in such a way that it is
difficult for spammers and others to harvest email addresses from the

Until last year this also prevented Google indexing email addresses in
the archive.  Google recently adopted more sophisticating methods for
scanning web pages and did commence indexing them.  Our archive
maintainer has now taken action that will stop Google from indexing the
email addresses in the archive. It will probably take a couple more
weeks for Google's cache to be updated, meaning that email addresses
retrieved from the archive will appear in Google's indexes for a little
while longer.

The content of emails in the archive will remains searchable by Google,
and a human visiting the pages of the archive following a link provided
by Google search will still be able to see e-mail addresses.

It has been suggested that information about the contents of the archive
are not communicated sufficiently explicitly to people when they
subscribe to the list. The availability of the material in the archive
is actually mentioned in the header or footer of all emails distributed
via the list, and in COG's publications. It is frequently mentioned in
emails distributed via the list.

Nevertheless, as list manager I want to make sure that all subscribers
are aware of the archive and of how it operates. If you have any
concerns, please contact me directly at
 rather than replying to the 310
subscribers to this list. It is possible for us to delete your email
address from emails currently in the archive or, alternatively, to
delete your emails entirely if you prefer that course of action. Since
all emails distributed via the list are archived, if this is not
acceptable to you please either leave the list by sending a blank email
to  or cease sending
emails to the list address.

I have amended the information at the list's web page , and in
the 'welcome' message that people receive upon subscribing, to clarify
that material distributed over the list is stored in the archive and is
publicly available there for perusal.

As mentioned above, if you wish to follow up on this matter please
contact me directly.

Best wishes -?? David

David McDonald
Canberra Ornithologists Group email lists manager
1004 Norton Road, Wamboin, NSW 2620, Australia
Tel:    (02) 6238 3706
Fax:    (02) 9475 4274
Mobile: 0416 231 890

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The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the Canberra Ornithologists Group mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the list contact David McDonald, list manager, phone (02) 6231 8904 or email . If you can not contact David McDonald e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU