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Does having a cgi form to let people email you on a site protect you against email harvesters taking you email address as opposed to just having an underlined email address that users can click on to launch a new message creation window from their email client or is there no advantage in a form?
There are other ways to encode your email address to prevent harvesters from getting it.
PHP Bag-O-Tricks II: Encoding email addresses [webmasterworld.com]
While we're on this, seems to me that using a call to an external js file would mask an e-mail address from bots and cut down on the hundreds of 404s my sites get from mail bots trying to follow encrypted addys. Make any sense?
The formmail script can be exploited by spammers to email miillions of messages through your domain, with spoofed headers, if you aren't careful.
Happened to me about three months ago on a regular webmaster@-account. Not funny, to receive about 500.000 "Returned mail: User unknown" mails.
myusername AT mydomain DOT com
This means surfers will have to write in the email but it has cut my spam down considerably.