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Haha, just kidding. Today I got some Japanese-related spam and I'm totally sure they got the address from this site (many other TJP members were in the recipients' list, too). Now, I'd never gotten this kind of commercial spam (what I get are tons of useless chain mails from friends, but what can I do against that?), so it bothered me quite a lot (not with this site, of course, with them).
So, I wanted to ask: is there a way to make my address readable but not trackable (I guess that's what they do to get the address, track it?)? I mean, in my profile. I want to leave it there, just in case someone wants, for some reason, to contact me via e-mail, but I definitely don't want more Japanese-related spam to come.
Thanks in advance for your help. Bye!
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When I joined this forum I included my email address. I got hundreds of spam and many were written in Japanese, so I knew where they came from.
I deleted my email address and little by little I am getting fewer spam.
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I am on another forum and someone said that if you replace the @ with the word "at" in your email address the web crawlers can't pick it up. I have never tried this . Maybe someone with more computer knowledge can tell us if this is true
Stuff like that works temporaraly, until the people that write the scripts catch on. Then they make another script to insert @ for at.
Some people like to put spaces, and other such nonsense . One trend I see a lot is to write an email in the format. nickPresidentBush@aol.PresidentBush.com with the comment, remove president bush to send email.
Again, sophisticated scripts can get around this too.
The best solution is simply not to post email publically. Just about every forum has an IM function. If someone wants to contact you they can use the more private IM function to send you their e-mail directly.
Or you can make a smam mail account. Use the smam account for anything you expect to get spammed and have another very private email for more personal business.
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The email I have in my newsgroups postings is ...
but if anybody wants to email me I'd rather they asked first anyway.
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