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Notes about email addresses
« on: May 31, 2007, 05:56:57 PM »
A couple of notes about posting email addresses in public places like this forum.

Spammer write programs known as "spam bots" that crawl through websites blogs, forums, and public list servs like Yahoo and Google Groups looking for email addresses to harvest and sell to spammers.

These bots work just like the good search engine bots that index pages for the search engines like Google.

To protect registered users of our forum, we provide an email button. It shows up in someone's profile or the bottom of messages they post. Clicking on that button allows registered members of our forum to email other members without revealing their email address. Using the forum email system, no one has your email address unless you reply to an email they send you through our system.

When you post a message here and need to provide an email address for somone else please consider editing the email addresses so they are displayed in a manner that might be harder for the bots to pick up.

Examples:

Instead of posting: name@domain.com

Do something like: name [at] domain.com

or: name@[NO SPAM] domain.com

or: name at domain dot com

It takes a bit more work on both the poster's end and the person who needs to use the email address to get information, but it is the considerate thing to do.

Individuals may choose to put their email addresses publicly on websites, but on this forum, we should try to NOT help the spammers or contribute to the spam our friends and associates get.

Thanks for considering this request.

PS - remember that if you belong to a YahooGroup list or a similar list serv that is public or does not check who is allowed to join, spammers will also join those groups to harvest email addresses. So be careful with all of your on-line activities.

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« Last Edit: September 20, 2007, 12:38:18 PM by Tony Budak »
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