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3 years ago
I noticed that SE staff do not write their full email in their bio.
If there's anything you think I could help you with, you can reach me at stackoverflow.com: jnat@...
As you might expect, my email starts with
Catija and ends with
stackexchange.com. If you have a good recipe for cake... or community building, please reach out.
Since emails aren't blocked in a bio, why do they do this?
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May 15, 2020 at 10:02
Because they don't want to attract spam emails from companies using email scrapers.
The Wikipedia page on
Email-address harvesting explains:
Email harvesting is the process of obtaining lists of email addresses using various methods. Typically these are then used for bulk email or spam.
May 15, 2020 at 10:06
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To prevent automatic crawlers
Having your e-Mail address on your bio is a surefire way to get on a lot of spam lists very quickly.
Of course, writing it down like this isn't going to stop a determined spammer, but it keeps the bots away that look for a construct like
<something>@<something>.<something> and report it as e-Mail address.
May 15, 2020 at 10:07
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