(03-20-2012, 06:31 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Click on UserCP (upper left hand corner)
Click on Edit Options (left sidebar)
In the section that says: Messaging and Notification, select the box (so it has a check mark in it) that says "Hide your email from other members.". This will remove the blue box that says 'email' at the bottom of your posts. This is where most harvesters get their stuff. Be sure to also check the "Receive email from Administrators" as it allows SS to send you stuff.
I now return you to your regular chit chat.
Actually, there is no way for spammers to harvest someone's actual email address by using the forum "email" button. The email function itself goes through our BB software, pulls the email address out of the database securely and privately, then sends the email through my gmail account to the member. The email is actually sent from firstname.lastname@example.org, but with the sender's email address in the "reply to" field. So the only email address that gets revealed is the sender's email address.
Member email addresses are kept totally private, unless you choose to send out an email... no one will ever find out your email address simply by sending you an email from within the Apnea Board system. The only way someone might find out your email address is if you reply to them using your own email account after they send you an email from within the Apnea Board system. So, if you don't want to receive any forum emails, you can turn that option off... but if you choose to leave it on, you're still not going to get on a spam email list, because there's no way for the spammer to extract your email address (unless you reply to a spammer's email).
Now, if a spammer signed up with a membership here, they could send an email out just like any other member could, but they couldn't automate the process to send out anything other than a couple of emails a day, due to our spam-prevention tools that we implement (which will remain a secret, so they can't by pass the preventions).
Sometimes, I suppose members are surprised when they get an email to their private email address sent by another forum member. They think, "how did they get my email address?
".... but the other member didn't actually get
your email address - they simply used the "email" button and it got sent to you via the Apnea Board system, using the email address you supplied when you registered. The sender who uses the Apnea Board system email function never knows the actual email address of any member.