I've long been uncomfortable with leaving anonymous commenter e-mails out for harvesters.

So we've implemented a new system which protects all the e-mails of anonymous users to prevent them from being harvested. Those e-mail links you see now for anonymous commenters now links to a script which you can input an e-mail subject and message; this will be dispatched to that anonymous user's e-mail from the e-mail that you've set as your Tabulas e-mail. (Note: you must be a registered Tabulas user to e-mail anonymous users).

We've also implemented a new feature for Tabulas users; you can now "mass" e-mail people who have reciprocated a 'friends' status (meaning, people who you've listed as a friend and vice versa). This is useful if you want to quickly e-mail your friends (assuming they're on Tabulas). For now, we've attached a short message indicating where the e-mail is coming from for some shameless self-promotion. I'll remove it in a few days. Go try it out =)
Posted by tabulas on July 12, 2003 at 06:08 PM | 10 Comments

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Comment posted on July 14th, 2003 at 01:13 AM
a timestamping bug:
if you look @ your entry page: it says posted at 11:08pm
but if you look at the summary page, it says posted at 7:08pm
Comment posted on July 14th, 2003 at 11:08 AM
Hrm. That's just a simple GMT/EST time offset. All times on the main page are in GMT, while this page has been set to EST. I really should make that clear though. Thanks.
Comment posted on July 14th, 2003 at 04:01 PM
no no... i meant more like
this entry page where you can see comments

Comment posted on July 14th, 2003 at 10:41 PM
Oh, got it. Fixed :)

Daniel (guest)

Comment posted on July 13th, 2003 at 06:38 PM
hey super roy. nice idea about not displaying emails of anonymous commenters. but here's a small problem: some folks have a habit of adding 'NOSPAM' (or a variation of that) in the email address that they leave with their comments. with this new feature, there's no way of knowing if the email that they left is valid. is it possible to somehow 'see' the email address that they left? maybe in our control panel? or maybe you can include their email address and homepage link info in the 'email notification' that we get for each comment. anyway, thanks again for all your hard work roy. tabulas rocks!
Comment posted on July 14th, 2003 at 11:10 AM
Well, originally I was thinking that myself, but the point of this script is to anonymously protect the anonymous user's e-mail, even from Tabulas members (i'm sure in the future some won't be so innocent) ... but I think I can include their e-mail in the e-mail that's sent to you as a confirmation. If they're posting in your journal, then they're willingly giving up their e-mail ... hrm. I'll think about it some more and reach some sort of compromising solution :)

Daniel (guest)

Comment posted on July 15th, 2003 at 06:47 AM
about the anonymous commenter's email address: i think adding it to the email notification would be great!
Comment posted on July 13th, 2003 at 05:54 PM
Are you sure it's just an error with the krabby template, it seems I have the same mistake and I'm using Pikachu.
Comment posted on July 13th, 2003 at 01:36 AM
Nice.. Anyway, I'm not sure if this is a bug, but exactly what is the purpose of the "Friends Of" link? Using the Krabby template and clicking on "Friends Of" brings me to page with all of my posts, kinda like another "Home" page..
Comment posted on July 13th, 2003 at 10:47 AM
Oops, this was an error with the Krabby template. Friends Of lets you see the entries of users who list you as a friend (but you don't have to necessarily list them as your friend).