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Spambot blocking seems to work

I checked the blocking mechanism again that I implemented on Sunday using Sam Spade with ‘EmailSiphon’ as the user agent. Sure enough, I got a 403 error :).
I’m debating whether to change the message to something less generic. Any ideas? My current favourite is:

Access denied. Go away.

Short and sweet, but it does the job.


  1. Hmmm, could do. You can see what I have so far by going to .

  2. I think you need something a lot more abusive for the spammers – its too nice. How about a poison page full of duff email address’s? see for more details

  3. I was thinking about that, actually. When I have time, I’ll investigate.