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    wbdent I notice tonight after reading a post someone made that they put there email address in the post as a point of contact. I would like to point out to people that do not realize that this is not a good thing to do. The reason is because internet spiders are made to search forums and web sites for email address so that they can use them for sending spam and junk mail. I think you all know what I mean. The @ sign is usually what triggers the spiders that there is an email and then they home in on it. So here is what I recommend. If you going to post an email address trying posting something like this:

    attroll(at)troll.com

    Most people will realize to replace the (at) with the @ and the spiders should not pick up on this either. Another way it to just tell the people to send you an private message or an email buy clicking on your username.

    wbdent This is just some helpful advice. If you wish to include an email in a post I am not going to stop anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by attroll
    I notice tonight after reading a post someone made that they put there email address in the post as a point of contact. I would like to point out to people that do not realize that this is not a good thing to do. The reason is because internet spiders are made to search forums and web sites for email address so that they can use them for sending spam and junk mail. I think you all know what I mean. The @ sign is usually what triggers the spiders that there is an email and then they home in on it. So here is what I recommend. If you going to post an email address trying posting something like this:

    attroll(at)troll.com

    Most people will realize to replace the (at) with the @ and the spiders should not pick up on this either. Another way it to just tell the people to send you an private message or an email buy clicking on your username.

    This is just some helpful advice. If you wish to include an email in a post I am not going to stop anyone.

    Good point, Rick. I'm the "guilty" party, but as one who has been working with computers for 35 years, and online for almost 20, I knew what I was doing.

    Because I'm constantly entering contests and taking surveys, I get lots of spam anyway, and it doesn't bother me. Anyone who gets annoyed at spam, or is sensitive about their privacy should heed Rick's advice.



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    So, it sounds like if we want to post an email adress, we should post Bruce's.

    I get 5000 or more spams a week sent to my domain, most of those are filtered out or bounced back. Spam sucks! Where is that "do not email" list?
    Last edited by brdad; 04-26-2005 at 07:02 AM.

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