I hate this:
phil AT philipjohn DOT co DOT uk
I’ve seen worse, too.
I hate it because all it does it show the world that you need to obfuscate your e-mail address because you get a lot of spam.
Presumably then, you’re a good target for spammers because your spam filters (if any) are so poor they let such garbled crap (not to mention the phishing e-mails) through.
Problem is those spammers scouring the web harvesting e-mails to spam probably picked up on the whole obfuscation game about two seconds after it was dreamt up by whichever dimwit thought it would ever work.
As a simple example, looking for ‘@’ in a regular expression (that’s how they search web pages for certain patterns of text) could just be turned into something like ‘@|AT’ to cover your obfuscation. Okay, so that’s not the exact syntax but it’s damn close!
Instead, stop using fucking Hotmail or Yahoo or even that free e-mail address you got from Freeserve three million years ago that you’ve just held on to through all the buyouts and re-branding and get yourself a decent e-mail provider that provides some semblance of spam filtering that works!
Also known as GMail.
I use GMail for everything, have done for years and at best I seem to see 1 spam e-mail per month. I’ve very rarely had a legitimate e-mail land in my spam folder and even then it’s been a mass mailing, nothing sent to me personally.
Edit: I forgot something. Not only does it NOT stop spammers, it also makes it harder for people to e-mail you because that have to take every [at] and [dot] and change it. If you invite prospective clients to contact you by e-mail you may as well go outside and piss into the wind for all the good it will do you.
Secondly, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had e-mails from my ‘friends’ using the likes of Hotmail that has been pure spam. Not only do you not get a decent spam filter, your account is used to send spam too! The words face palm spring to mind…