If your question isn't answered here, feel free to contact the author, Henk Penning.
- frequently asked questions
- why do you publish my email address ?
- can you remove my email address from your pages ?
- why not mangle the email addresses ?
- why not hide the email addresses entirely ?
- infrequently asked questions
There are really only a few frequently asked questions, all related to email addresses.
This question was asked once or twice a week. I got fed up with it and substituted@ → .at.in every uid.
After the change, the questions stopped ; the spambots didn't.
Hmm... You can do it yourself. The uid shown is the uid with the most recent self signature. To hide your email address, add a uid without one, and/or make sure it is selfsigned last.
The only system that really works is : don't show email addresses. Any other system can (and will) be broken by spambots.
Fighting spambots is a lost battle ; fighting spammers is winnable, and a lot more fun.
I hate spam, but I don't believe in hiding email addresses.
My various email addresses appear on countless many web pages. A lot of spam is stopped by our MTA (postfix) ; the rest is filtered out by spamassassin ; I see some 10 spams a day ; they are fed to spamassassin's learn, and I never see them again.
- hiding is boring
- it should be easy to contact me for feedback, idea's etc
- hiding only works if it is 100 percent successful ; it sets limits to what you can do
- fighting spam is better than hiding from it
Removing 10 spams a day is all it costs me to get the freedom to publish my email addresses everywhere I like. Small loss, big gain.
Before februari 2012, the data was provided by Jörgen Cederlöf & Patrick Feisthammel. Jörgen Cederlöf runs the web of trust statistics and pathfinder (wotsap) project. Among other things, each day a fresh .wot file was published in an archive. Each wot contains
In december 2012, Christoph Egger announced he will provide a fresh wot weekly ; great news!
- the key id's of the pgp keys in the strong set.
- for each key, the most recently selfsigned uid.
- for each key, a list of keys that signed the key
- for each signature, some trust info
The data is refreshed weekly from a keyserver and stored in the archive.
Near the bottom of each stats and paths page, you will find date/time when the data was last refreshed.
A special program computes and stores (for each key)
The shortest paths are computed on the fly.
- the key's dist table, as shown on the key stats page
- the key's ranking
Sometimes the keyserver where the strong set is extracted is not entirely up-to-date. You can lookup your own key (or any other public key) and submit (again).
The keyserver is talking with other keyservers, exchanging info on inserts/deletes of public keys and signatures.