Sharing personal contact information on DC?

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2011-05-26 19:19:11 -0500
Started 2011-05-24 20:19:54 -0500

In a discussion on the "100 year old recipe" a member offered a recipe to lower one's Blood Glucose levels.

There was much interest yet the person had not posted the recipe anywhere. Many people posted their email addresses on the discussion board.
Not a good idea. The original poster seems not to have posted the recipe anywhere! I have checked the recipe section. And he has not posted it anywhere in the discussions.

The longer the original poster stayed silent, it seemed the more people got frustrated and posted their email addresses. I am wondering if that person is tricking people into revealing their email addresses and "harvesting" them — which is against the Terms of Use for this website.
As I understand it the person harvesting the emails then sells the list of emails to marketers who then pitch a product or a service to a person via email. Since this is a list of people from a diabetic website, you may see an increase in sales spam of a medical nature.

Are you aware that search engines like Google can search the discussion boards? I have searched on a topic using Google and discussions from DC showed up in the results?

If you are one who has posted your email address, you can go back into the discussion where the email address is posted and click the "edit" function below. Then you can just remove the email address by highlighting the address, and putting another character (Like a smiley face, ect.) and then click the blue "edit my discussion" button.

If I want to share my email address, phone number, or street address with someone here, then I use the DC email system, as I believe that is not open to the Google "bots"

Those of you who have your email address as your screen name, you may want to contact John Crowley and ask if you can change it. A friend of mine has changed her screen name without bothering her points or badges.

If you like getting more spam, then you should do nothing. But if you hate spam as do I, you might want to do something about it.

Blessings to all'ya all!

15 replies

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-26 11:19:34 -0500 Report

I saw this and thought it was strange that he/she just didn't post the recipe or say they posted it in the recipe section. Thank you for your forever vigilance! I appreciate you (okay, I will refrain from saying, "even if no one else does") You do not let many things slide by. It is as if your antenna go up on a suspicion then follow the rat back to its hole! Thanks. Jim

Type1Lou 2011-05-25 13:49:00 -0500 Report

I too became suspicious when I wasn't able to find the recipe anywhere…thanks for posting the warning. We can never be too careful!

dietcherry 2011-05-25 09:49:43 -0500 Report

Excellent and timely post James! I too was a bit shocked to see so many of our members post emails; I think the site should include your post or something similar for all new members to see! Also, in the About Me section of the profile page, there is a place for your email address; I have mine set on private! I encourage everyone to do the same!

runthe 2011-05-25 09:33:24 -0500 Report

Thanks James for sharing this information. It is sad that people will try and do anything to get others personal info.
Have a bless day and lots of internet hugs.

PetiePal 2011-05-25 08:28:09 -0500 Report

I would only offer your personal information over a direct message and THEN I'd give something generic like an email with a strong password.

kdroberts 2011-05-24 21:07:02 -0500 Report

I was flabbergasted by the amount of people who posted their email addresses in that discussion. Partly because the drink talked about will do very little at best for blood sugar but mainly because of the email harvesting issue. I don't think the original poster is trying to get email addresses, they just don't post very often, but there are plenty of smart people out there who will suck up all the email addresses their crafty programs can find out in the open and sell them on.

GabbyPA 2011-05-24 20:59:37 -0500 Report

It is never a good idea to post your personal information here on the discussions for anything. If you really want to share your email with people (which I don't recommend) I would suggest doing it one on one with the person. That way it is not hanging out there for all the creepy people that troll social sites for information.

I am not saying that the post in question is a phishing post, but no matter what, it is not good to post your phone numbers or email addresses.

tweetydele 2011-05-24 22:02:12 -0500 Report

i tried to edit my post but wont take my email off

jayabee52 2011-05-25 05:00:48 -0500 Report

What kind of system are you using to access DC?

The following is for using a regular computer with a browser like Internet Express or Mozilla firefox.

Did you click on the edit button? Once you do that, the whole reply is highlighted (in blue). If you don't want to edit the whole reply click on the reply again. Then you find where you want to edit -in this case the email address- and right click and drag the mouse across the email address until it is all blue. Then you can change the highlighted part however you want.

when you are satisfied with the edit, then click the big blue "edit reply" button.

On mobile phone systems, I haven't a clue how that is done.