[wp-hackers] The Whois in comment emails

Mike Little mike at zed1.com
Wed Dec 7 21:36:38 GMT 2005

On 07/12/05, Podz <podz at tamba2.org.uk> wrote:
> Austin Matzko wrote:
> > On 12/7/05, Podz <podz at tamba2.org.uk> wrote:
> >> What does it do now ?
> >
> > This is the link I got for the latest build:
> > http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=
> >
> > Isn't that what it's always done?
> But what did it do ? I can't see what it's there for.
> The 'author' line gives the IP and the provider. The anti-spam solutions
> we have now would seem to do a better job of any Whois so if the
> original intent was that it gave a blog owner more information then has
> this not been superceded ? If someone is open about their info, then it
> will be in the author line. If they are not then the Whois line adds
> nothing either.
> Just thinking out loud :)
> P.

I've generally found it most useful for getting directly to contact
details for someone's ISP if I need to fire off a compaint!

Also the ip address doesn't always resolve to anything useful.

Mike Little

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