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Question: Is it "okay" to put my E-mail address in my StackOverflow blurb thing ?

I see that my E-mail address is already there; but private. Can I purposely make it public ?

I believe that my website is public (somebody please correct me)

I have registered a bunch of domain names over the past couple of years, with an ancillary benefit: I can create/delete/recreate/etc. an address on the fly; even for one time use if needed

With this in mind, is there an official policy on publishing ones own E-mail address in ones Stack Overflow profile area ?

While I'm at it, is it okay to ask for advice on how to let others here contact me ?

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    You can put (almost) whatever you want in your profile area.
    – Jack
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 15:06
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    If you want to put your email address in your profile blurb, then that's fine. That area is for whatever you want. But, I don't think you should announce that in your questions/answers. If someone wants to contact you, they can click on your profile. I don't have my email, but I do have a link to my website and people have found how to contact me. So, I think it's fine to have your email, just don't promote it.
    – gen_Eric
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 15:08
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    If Stack Overflow's arguably most famous user, Jon Skeet, can have his email published in his user profile, I would assume you could too.
    – corsiKa
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 15:09
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    not-quite-dupe: Rules for Profiles
    – AakashM
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 15:10
  • @AakashM ; Thanks. Right on target. +1
    – User.1
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 15:12
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    The poster child for what you can put in your profile
    – user102937
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 15:20
  • @RobertHarvey, duh; Okay, then my profile blurb will probably be okay. Thanks for the, uhm, educational reflection ! (+1 for you, sir)
    – User.1
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 15:23

1 Answer 1


You can put your E-Mail address in your "about me" field.

Nobody has any problem with that. There is no offical policy regulating this.

As a consequence of making your E-Mail address publicly visible, you may occasionally get

  • Requests for help
  • "Invitations" to other web sites that do something similar to SO
  • "Invitations" to get your questions answered at some spammy tech help web site
  • On the other hand, if you put an image of a unicorn handbag in your profile.........
    – Lix
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 15:47
  • I do get a lot of E-Mail complimenting me on it, that's true.
    – Pekka
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 15:48
  • "occasionally"? Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 16:53
  • Assuming text can be considered offensive enough to be removed, you could probably create an e-mail address to just contain that, and then putting that (your e-mail address) in your "about me" probably wouldn't be appropriate. Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 19:25

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