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Sometimes the spammers get smart how to hide their URL.

For Example:

Normal URL:

<a href=http://somewebsitesomewhere">Click Here</a>

Hiding URL Method #1:

<a href="ht

tp://

somewebsite

somewhere">Click Here</a>

(tracking URL of a real example of method #1): http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z754492201z99...d50279c7c6113dz

Hiding URL method #2:

<a href="http://rds.yahoo.com/S=2766679/K=help/v=2/SID=w/TID=F504_73/l=WS1/R=1/SS=26615472/IPC=us/SHE=0/H=3/SIG=11a2qtjp4/EXP=1114194155/*-http%3A//somewebsitesomewhere">Click here</a>

It would be nice if spamcop.net could detect these methods and report the correct URL.

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...Of course, someone would have to be able to write a very sophisticated algorithm to recognize these "tricks" (in whatever language the SpamCop parser code is written).  Are you volunteering?  :) <g>

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How would anyone write a very sophisticated algorithm? What language, if you know, is it? I assuming, regaurdless how huch I hate to assume things, that I do not know. If you knew what it (is / was) you would of told me the answer already.

Sorry, but not at this time. I do not understand how to write program(s). :blush: I do understand how to write and read HTML.

PS. Also when a spammer hide(s) their URL is it ok to change it back to normal? I have seen these tactics used before, it very annoying.

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How would anyone write a very sophisticated algorithm?

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...Ding, ding, ding! You seem to (maybe?) have caught my point. It may be possible, but whether to do it would be up to the one person, Mr Haight, or someone to whom he might delegate the task (as far as I know, no such person to whom he can delegate such things exists). His time, so I've heard, is very full with keeping up with various things such as spammer tricks to defeat the current parsing capabilities, so he is unlikely to have the time to do what you suggest. Not that it wasn't worth your asking.
What language, if you know, is it? I assuming, regaurdless how huch I hate to assume things, that I do not know. If you knew what it (is / was) you would of told me the answer already.

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...Exactly right! :) <g>
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PS. Also when a spammer hide(s) their URL is it ok to change it back to normal?

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...Not in your submission to the parser. See SpamCop FAQ: SpamCop Parsing and Reporting Service: Rules items "Material changes to spam" and "What if I break the rule(s)?" You could make the changes, submit the parse, then cancel the offered reports and use the results to generate your own complaint (without any mention or clue as to SpamCop's parsing). Be careful, however -- the URL may belong to an entirely innocent third party.
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