As more and more people start using Netscape and filling in
whatever they want in the "mail address" field, this problem will
only get worse.
I'm going to chime in here with an "Amen, brother!" I run a couple Web
sites that allow people to submit events to concert and conference
calendars. I require an email address for submitters. It is *amazing* how
many people can't type their email address correctly. Any help in
prefiltering bogus addresses would be much appreciated.
I think starting up an SMTP dialog would be of little use though, as many
SMTP servers are either set up to reject or trivially accept all VRFY and
EXPN commands. RCPT TO is completely useless to verify email addresses as
far as I know.
Doing a DNS lookup on a host would be beneficial. Also, automatically
forwarding email addresses with user names like "user", "xxx" or "nobody" to
the list owner for approval would be a useful step.
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