I sent a PM to a user earlier this morning after I noticed he had his email address in his signature in plaintext (example: firstname.lastname@example.org). I just wanted to let anyone know who is doing this and the address is either your personal/private email address or one that you want to continue using to NOT post it as such. This isn't a rule infringement - just a suggestion, because posting an email address publicly in that way will cause spambots who harvest email addresses to catch it very simply and you can expect to get a large volume increase of spam by doing this. I highly recommend that anyone who currently has their email listed like this or is thinking about it to change it using an alternative method - of which there are many. I am posting this just to warn people because the simple fact is that this forum is highly trafficked and if you are not using good spam filtering (or your ISP isn't), it will be/become very inconveniencing to you, if not extremely annoying, due to the large amount of spam you will get.
Q: How should I be posting my email address?
A: There are many alternatives to posting your email address in this way, and still allow people to contact you. One simple way is to use the method I currently have in my signature, which is to just change the "@" symbol to "[at]". You can also enable the email system through the vB control panel and people can send you an email through a form here, which you can even link to, and they can simply click on your name and choose to email you (to enable this feature go to "User CP", "Edit Options" and enable "Receive Email from Other Members"). To allow people to email you, you can link to this form, which is going to look like this:Just change XXXX with your member id#, which you can find by clicking on your username and on your profile, or if you enable emailing you can just copy and paste the link. Mine is 11064, so my email link is http://forum.bodybuilding.com/sendme...member&u=11064 This will only show a form to email you and will not reveal your email address to the person sending the message to you unless you choose to reply to the message from that specific address. If you want to shorten the link, you can use a service such as TinyURL or other redirect services. One I particularly like is qoiob because it generates URLs using non-standard characters (Example: http://ツ.tv/pogue ). The only drawback is that only registered members of bodybuilding.com can email you through that form. You can also link to a third party email form (ie: a FormMail script) you install on a web hosting provider (such as through your business web site or a free provider). See the final link below for more information on this.Code:http://forum.bodybuilding.com/sendmessage.php?do=mailmember&u=XXXX
UPDATE 1/30/13: Because the bbcom email system now encrypts all emails sent to and from users, when you send an email to a user using the internal email system, it will not display the senders email address so you can properly reply. So, I no longer recommend using this method to prevent spam -- or even to use bbcom's internal email function, as it doesn't work properly.
Another good option is similar to the one previously mentioned or a slight difference in that, such as spacing out your email address (ie: me @ myemail . xyz), adding a character or term that needs to be manually changed or removed before sendingFinally, another option, since images or clickable URLs are not allowed in signatures, is to use a temporary email address such as SpamBox, SpamGourmet (my personal favorite - both services are free), or other temporary/disposable email addresses. For example, you can create a custom username on the server (with a variety of functions and choices) to forward messages that will go to your regular email address without compromising your real address by posting it publicly. You can then change this address to something else in your signature later if you find you are getting too much spam from that email or, as need be, based on the way the service works.Example: "Please email me at joebobREMOVEME@emailservice.abc. Take out the text 'REMOVEME' before sending."Q: Is there any other information on this subject?Example: email@example.com - Using the Advanced Mode in Spamgourmet you can create a temporary forwarding address that will work for 20 emails and then you must change it.
A: Read through How to avoid spam on Rick's Spam Digest for more tips on how to, and also WHY you should, keep your private or business email address out of your signature so as to avoid spambots and harvesters. If you or your email service provider is using very good spam filters then in some cases you can post your address, but this is generally rare. If you aren't sure what kind of filters you're using or have never had them tested against a barrage of spam, don't risk it if you want to keep using the address very long in the future. I used to keep my AT&T (previously SBC) Yahoo email address in my signature and in threads I posted, but I got so overwhelmed with spam (using "Award Winning" spam filters) that I can no longer use it.
If you have any questions, feel free to post them. Also, if you have had your email address in your signature for some time, please share what amount of spam volume (if any) you have been receiving and what spam filters (if you know what they are) that your or your ISP and/or email client has been using.
scrim. You just put in your email and it creates you a nice little URL like so
It also gives you a link to paste your email in forums which shows up like this:
You have to pick a CAPTCHA before the email is displayed, so it is essentially spam proof. This is what I use in my signature to let people email me and it has really cut down on the amount of spam I get to basically zero.
reCAPTCHA also has a free service to obfuscate your email address, but it requires HTML to display, so it couldn't be used on the forum - but would work well on a website. http://www.google.com/recaptcha/mailhide/
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