Publicly displayed email addresses - please don't.

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by von Poop, Sep 2, 2011.

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  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Afternoon chaps,
    Noticed a few email addresses listed in full view on the site lately - on VMs & posts.

    Can I remind people that it's really not a good idea to do this.
    You won't get bother from the membership (I hope), but the Internet is riddled with spammers and their bots, and they just love to harvest these things from open web pages so they can offer you the Fake Viagra and Nigerian oilfields of your dreams.
    Any link that leads directly to an email is also no good.
    And I suspect they've got better at unpicking obfuscated email addresses.

    Bringmespam (at)
    Used to be the way to do it, but I'm starting to think that they've sussed that, and can now target the gmail part to identify an address.

    Particularly not a good idea to list other people's addresses.
    That would seriously annoy me, and has occasionally generated understandable complaints in the site emails we receive.

    If you must send an email in anything other than a Private message, break it up into some format that can't be read by machines.

    I'm going to begin weeding 'em out later, but remember you can always edit stuff you posted yourself. ;)

  2. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

    Can I also add, please don't put phone numbers on Vms, etc. Use the Private Message System.
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