I was spammed by this today:

“Hi? Greeting, I have read your profile some minutes ago ? english.stackexchange.com & I think you are a nice person? I'd like to get to know you better.for a chance to discuss an important issue? & we can share great experiences together, I'm sorry if i am embarrassing you i don,t mean so i think you are a nice person & there is something important i want to share with you, Therefore we request you to kindly contact us to E-mail address ( Vivianaisatou@gmx.com ) not in this site because i am a new in this community and i don't visit this site often,

I am very curious to know more about you,please e-mail me i await your response. Best regards,

I do write my email at my profile, which help other users communicate with me.

Is there any way the community / SE management can help eliminate data mining the users' details by spammers, while still letting us put our emails in public?

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    Sure you had to quote the spam in its entirety, including the email? – John Dvorak May 30 '15 at 18:20
  • What about those who look at your profile and email from there, without scraping? Do you want SE to filter those for you as well? – random May 30 '15 at 18:33
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    Why not just not write out your email, and give it to users on a case-by-case basis? – HDE 226868 May 30 '15 at 18:37
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    Alternatively, write it out in a human friendly way that isn't as friendly to scraping/regex (such as: my.email [at] example.com) - I do that myself, and don't get spammed. – Oded May 30 '15 at 18:39
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    See my profile for example - just put your email as image. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask May 30 '15 at 19:20

I don't see what they can do. Your profile is free text and trying to automatically find e-mail addresses in it will go wrong.

The fact that your e-mail is public means that it will be obtained by spammers at some point. You can't stop "bad" people contacting you if you've made your e-mail address public so "good" people can.

The only way to prevent this is to not put your e-mail in your public profile.

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