I used to use a different email address for everything I signed up for or did. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, etc... then I had it all filter to go to my actual email, firstname.lastname@example.org. I also did this so I could tell if Home Depot sold my email address to some other company behind my back. I still like that idea, but it was a pain to keep up.happywaffle wrote:Also the reason they DIDN'T just write it out like that is because spambots like to prowl forums for valid email addresses and add them to their spam lists. The bots are even getting smarter, like, learning that "spaminator at happywaffle dot com" is the same as "email@example.com."David Lampe wrote:So "firstname.lastname@example.org?"
In the forums or other places I would play coy about my email address, and list it as MY FIRST NAME cat GMAIL or some such rubbish.
But ultimately I gave up and started just directing everyone directly to email@example.com, which is hosted by Gmail.
And you know what? I don't get any more spam than I used to.
Or rather, I don't get any more spam that isn't filtered out by Gmail. I think Gmail does a pretty decent job of filtering shit out nowadays, and it's way easier to trust it than to make people jump through hoops to email you.