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wondering Jun 2nd, 2002 09:07 PM

To Those Using Real Addresses
I am afraid to use my real email address on this website, for fear I will start receiving tons of junk email. Before my email address changed (when my server was bought out), I had to delete about 4 out of 5 messages, as they were advertisements, and some of them rude. I have been so careful since then, and rarely get junk email, so far, at my new address.<BR><BR>So, what I'm wondering is, for those of you who use your real addresses, do you get lots of advertisements that you suspect are a result of your postings? Also, do you get unwanted nasty email from people getting your address off of this board? Or, do you find you actually communicate with people who are interested in sharing travel experiences, off board?

monica Jun 2nd, 2002 09:10 PM

As you can see above, I give my real yahoo address. I don't get any spam from this site, but Yahoo does have a filter so maybe that's why. I have gotten more than a couple personal emails from people saying that either they appreciated my advice or that they had more questions. So I will continue to use my real address (one of them, anyhow).

janis Jun 2nd, 2002 09:14 PM

I use my real hotmail address and have no problems. Maybe that is because of the hotmail filters - I'm not sure. I never use my ISP address on public boards.<BR><BR>Most days I receive between 1 and 3 e-mails from Fodorites asking for more detailed information or sharing anecdotes. I enjoy getting them . . . .

Rex Jun 2nd, 2002 09:26 PM

I have posted my real e-mail address close to 5000 times here on this forum. The junk mail problems I encounter seem to go in cycles. Some days 3-5, most days zero. I went through a flurry recently and it has almost totally gone away. One key thing is never open it, never respond to it. This helps it drop off more quickly, I think.<BR><BR>My hotmail address has been rendered virtually unusable by spam, by contrast. So, you are not necessarily paranoid to worry about this problem, as it can happen. but I do not believe that it originates with using your real e-mail address here. I have little or no reason to think that my hotmail spam problem is really coming from posting my e-mail address at this site.<BR><BR>I too get e-mail requests fairly often from people who write to me. I usually wait 2-3 days before answering them - - that I wish they would post the answers here - - and then I promise to answer their questions here in 24 hours or less. I do this because I believe so, SO strongly in the concept: PUBLIC answers to PUBLICly asked questions help many people. A private answer helps only one person. And I strongly support the "cross-examination" and tangential banter that often follows a question.<BR><BR>If I answered more people privately, I would inherently contribute here less. And then how would people know that I exist, to write to me?<BR><BR>As for nasty e-mail, I have only ever received one hate message. She knows who she is, and many other people have written to me, saying that she has sent similarly vitriolic/crazy messages to them as well.<BR><BR>Best wishes,<BR><BR>Rex Bickers<BR>Westerville, Ohio<BR>

Sue Jun 2nd, 2002 10:10 PM

I never get any spam from this site and do get a very occasional e-mail, which I am happy to answer.

PB Jun 2nd, 2002 10:28 PM

I don't seem to get any spam from using this site, and I'm happy to reply to the occassional private emails asking for additional information or assistance.<BR><BR>PB

sylvia Jun 2nd, 2002 11:41 PM

I used my real address the first time I posted and got loads of spam. I must admit to enjoying the day when I received offers to enlarge my breasts and lengthen my penis. They must think I'm a hermaphrodite.

Sheila Jun 3rd, 2002 12:12 AM

Like others I get virtually NO spam and half a dozen direct emails a week. None have been nasty.<BR><BR>There was a guy in Florida who tried to sell art, but he was most courteous and on request took my address off his mailing list.<BR><BR>Just from watching what happens here, I think..those with an identifiably US based address get more spam than the rest of us, and those using internet based systems like yahoo and hotmail get more again.

Ben Haines Jun 3rd, 2002 12:25 AM

Like others, I have hardly any spam. Recently I have enjoyed a few splendid lying tales from Nigeriajn fraudsters, and these I copy to the right part of Scotland Yard.<BR><BR>I agree that the peer review that happems on this forum, and the extra pouints people make, are of great value, but I do answer direct enquirers, who have taken my address from this forum. Sometimes I also copy the discussion to the forum, to get it checked, corrected and improved.<BR><BR>Ben Haines, London

Ben Haines Jun 3rd, 2002 12:26 AM

Like others, I have hardly any spam. Recently I have enjoyed a few splendid lying tales from Nigerian fraudsters, and these I copy to the right part of Scotland Yard.<BR><BR>I agree that the peer review that happens on this forum, and the extra points people make, are of great value, but I do answer direct enquirers, who have taken my address from this forum. Sometimes I also copy the discussion to the forum, to get it checked, corrected and improved.<BR><BR>Ben Haines, London

s.fowler Jun 3rd, 2002 02:32 AM

I get tons of spam at my hotmail address, but I don't think it's from here as much as MSN's selling of its lists. After a particularly bad bout [700 emails from the same address all at once!!!] I set my junk to immediate deletion. <BR><BR>I'm also suspicious enough to think that MSN is making life unpleasant for us who won't pay for the service and who use Netscape. [evidence of the latter on request Wouldn't put it past them. Unfortunately my hotmail address is my main non-work one. I get hardly any spam at my yahoo address, but then I've never used that one publicly.

danna Jun 3rd, 2002 04:30 AM

I started getting an incredible amount of junk mail not long after I started using this site. I stopped using my real e-mail, but the damage has apparently already been done. I too,use MSN. <BR><BR>The MSN filter is useless, apparently. E-mails from a local restaurant with which I signed up to receive weekly menus get sent to bulk mail, while porn messages that are keeping my hair curly get right through!<BR><BR>

Rich Jun 3rd, 2002 04:31 AM

<BR><BR>I have used my real (albiet not primary) address here for over a year and, so far, no spam that I can attribute to this site. As mentioned above, Yahoo does seem to have much more effective filters than others, particularly MSN.<BR><BR>I do receive e-mail from others on the board from time to time, but all in the spirit of helpfullness. <BR><BR>Rich <BR>

Ron Jun 3rd, 2002 04:49 AM

I've had this address for about two years now and I receive almost no junk mail or spam. I also have my cookies turned off and I never enter any chat rooms anywhere.<BR>As Rex mentioned, never open or respond to junk mail. Sometimes all they want to do is verify your email so they can send more junk. Also turn off your preview pane in Outlook. Sometimes an html message includes a graphic (maybe just one pixel) that sends your id to the server sending the graphic.<BR>Ron

kate Jun 3rd, 2002 04:57 AM

my hotmail address receives anywhere from 6 to 30 spams during a portion of a day/night.This is with a filter,but I must check to see if e-cards etc get tossed by the filter,so I take a look.Almost every single junk mail is pornography/sex related or selling mortgages.<BR>Yahoo never gets spammed.<BR>My son,working in Asia,has to close his email address that he has had for years due to the amount of spam.<BR>Is this the price of "free" email??<BR>

wes fowler Jun 3rd, 2002 05:32 AM

Happily, in almost six years of posting to Fodors,I've never received junk mail, no doubt due to filters. I do receive significant correspondence (probably five to eight Emails a day) from prospective travelers with questions or feedback from those travelers to whom I had offered suggestions.<BR><BR>In many instances, I suggest that correspondents post their questions or concerns here as well to get diverse opinions or more objective responses than mine.

Patrick Jun 3rd, 2002 05:51 AM

I use only my real name and email and in the three years or so of use here, I've only received a couple of ads that apparently came from here. I do have a pretty good filter on my earthlink address and get very few ads through it, so maybe that is the answer, but my email address used to be AOL and before that, and I really had no spam problems from here with those either. But I've received numerous thank-yous from people whose questions I have answered, and on the average I get maybe three emails a week, questioning me further on something I've posted about or asking for more advice. Yesterday I got a detailed Turkey trip report from someone for whom I had made some suggestions several months ago during his planning stages. I enjoy these. <BR><BR>Oh yes, and while traveling in California, I got a personal email from Al Hussey who asked if I'd like to attend a Fodorite gathering at his house in Long Beach. I said "yes" and met a lot of interesting people -- including Elvira for the second time, who actually flew in for the party that day.

John Jun 3rd, 2002 06:02 AM

Same stories here, same Florida art dealer (probably the ones that sell at cruise ship "auctions"), and little spam attributable to Fodors.

Tony Hughes Jun 3rd, 2002 06:30 AM

Patrick - which one were you? (at Art Hussey's getogether).

Sherry Jun 3rd, 2002 06:32 AM

I always use my real email address, although I do have an alternate hotmail account. I got that one primarily for use out of the country.<BR>I really get very little junk mail here. I have actually received a couple of travel related emails from commercial sites that I have found very useful. I probably would not have come accross them on my own. And I also enjoy answering any questions that I get occasionally at home.<BR>I cannot tolerate the hotmail account very well as no matter how much I delete, filter, etc. it is just filled with garbage.

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