I have seen the prior question - but it didn't focus on what I would see as the value to each site, and by inference, the wider SE network:

As a representative of a site, possibly connecting with professional organisations and potential sponsors there would be value in having a consistent front, so that official communications could come from eg. a security.stackexchange email address.

It would also give some moderators the ability to entirely separate their work communications from their volunteer SE communications - this could be a good thing in some environments.


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Any user can represent their site. You don't have to be a moderator. :)

But regardless of that, if you represent the site, you still have to be careful to avoid representing Stack Exchange the Company. That would be hard to do if you had a stackexchange.com email address.

If you want to separate your SE communications from other communications, use a different email address with Stack Exchange.

If you're worried about appearing professional, just make sure your email address isn't along the lines of "[email protected]" when emailing a professional organization regarding your site. :) Beyond that, what you say and how you say it counts for a lot more than what email domain it came from.

  • Personally, I'm not worried about being professional :-) Maybe others do... But I just thought it was a marketing/outreach trick we were maybe missing.
    – Rory Alsop
    Sep 18, 2012 at 19:38
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    @RoryAlsop In my experience (and I include myself in my pre-employment days in this assessment), lack of an SE.com email is not what stops folks from contacting organizations or doing various promotion-type stuff. :)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Sep 18, 2012 at 19:56

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