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If users ask my personal contact for projects, can I give them in Stack Exchange?

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It's your contact details, you can give them to anyone you want. Just don't blame us if something goes awry... – Yannis Nov 16 '12 at 13:47
In chat room or comment? or i can give anywhere in stackexchange? – Dhamu Nov 16 '12 at 14:02
See also Any way to send a personal message to another user? and How do I contact other users? for background discussion. – AakashM Nov 16 '12 at 14:02
thanks man... @AakashM – Dhamu Nov 23 '12 at 6:54
up vote 14 down vote accepted

Contact information is a fuzzy case. If the following appears in an answer or a comment (or even a question):

Please email for my project at

It's likely to get flagged and deleted.

I know because we get flags about it nearly daily.

If you want someone to contact you, refer them to your profile, and have that information in your profile.

You may be curious as to why this is the case.

We get a lot of users that like to say, "hey, email me answer @ ...." or "Hey, what's your IM to help me fix more problems?". That's not what Stack Overflow is meant for. We're meant to be a Q&A resource. We can't very well do that if the Qs and the As aren't here, can we?

If you're the lone hapless Googler, what would you rather come across:

  • A complete question and answer that solves your problem

or this:


(Source: XKCD)

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HEY, THAT'S MY EMAIL! – Yannis Nov 16 '12 at 14:03
I thought you were ? – George Stocker Nov 16 '12 at 14:03
Nope, I was a ninja before I became a guru ;P (seriously though, would be preferable, some poor soul might actually be using that email, no need to feed it to every spam bot out there) – Yannis Nov 16 '12 at 14:05
I am confused, yannis saying i can give but george saying in "Answer 1" i will get flagged... which is correct ? please any moderator give answer for my question @YannisRizos – Dhamu Nov 16 '12 at 14:06
@Dhamu George is a moderator (notice the diamond next to his name). Also, I posted a comment, not an answer (answers are always more serious than comments). – Yannis Nov 16 '12 at 14:06
@YannisRizos ok.. sorry george stocker i didn't noticed that your a moderator.. thanks for the answer.. – Dhamu Nov 16 '12 at 14:15
I had my Skype ID on my profile for the first few months after being elected. HUGE freaking mistake. – Tim Post Nov 16 '12 at 14:38
@TimPost My twitter account sometimes attract people who like to discuss their ahem concerns about moderation. – George Stocker Nov 16 '12 at 14:46
@GeorgeStocker We all get that occasionally. My e-mail is also remarkably easy to uncover. The only thing that was actually 'abused' was Skype, go figure. – Tim Post Nov 16 '12 at 14:53

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