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Many users and forum programs in attempt to make automatic e-mail address harvesting harder modify them replacing @ character with "at" and . character with "dot".

So that


team at example dot com

Is there any special term for this practice?

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Wow. Using other people's email address in a question about munging... (Changed to as per RFC 2606, hoping bots don't get into the revisions.) – Arjan Oct 13 '09 at 13:38
Is this really such a problem? The original address has been on each page of this site for ages. That's specifically why I chose it - it's already here. – sharptooth Oct 14 '09 at 12:15
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As well as obfuscation, it is often referred to less formally as "munging".

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Obfuscation is the concealment of intended meaning in communication, making communication confusing, intentionally ambiguous, and more difficult to interpret.

Edit: Of course, in this case we're talking about making the communication confusing for spambots, and not for humans.

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Y3s 1nd33d. – Maxwell Aug 11 '09 at 9:36
Well it can be a little confusing for humans too. It's easier to skim some text looking for "x@y" than "x at y". – DisgruntledGoat Aug 11 '09 at 14:03

Anti-Spambot Encoding ?

Of course the opposite then would be 'Anti-spambot Decoding' ;-)

But on a more serious note: I think @David is right with his 'munging'.
Even more specifically: Address munging would be the right term (according to Wikipedia).

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I'd consider it a form of CAPTCHA. The Turing test being not so much the transformation "at"==@ and "dot"=dot, but finding and recognizing such disguised email addresses in a text that contains lots of other "at"s and perhaps even a few "dot"s.

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