Comment Author Email Addresses Disabled

Entity encoded address obfuscation is a technique to protect email addresses on web pages from harvesting by spammers. Some months back, I posted a widely circulated article that demonstrates this technique is not effective. This technique, unfortunately, is the one that Movable Type uses to protect email addresses in comments.

Today, I finally got around to doing something I should have done months ago. As of now, email addresses of comment authors will not be displayed.

That is, I changed the Movable Type template from <$MTCommentAuthorLink spam_protect="1"$> (which performs entity encoded obfuscation on email addresses) to <$MTCommentAuthorLink show_email="0"$> (which suppresses email addresses completely).

Please consider this an interim measure. I'd like to restore email addresses, so long as they can be spam protected effectively. Until I've got a method implemented to do that, I thought it best to remove addresses entirely.

Also, please accept my apologies for not doing this sooner.