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Using full email address for Puppy forum username?
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belham2

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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb 2017, 13:29    Post subject:  Using full email address for Puppy forum username?  

Hi all,

I've been staring at this today whenever I've come to the Puppy site, and I am trying to figure out why there isn't some sort of built-in block that prevents this person's email from being shown to everyone who happens across it. Surely this person did not want their full email shown (when signing up), right?? (Or is this a trap, as they want to find anyone stupid enough to email them so they can nab their email address for spam purposes???)
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb 2017, 21:02    Post subject:  

That's the first time I can remember someone using an email address for his forum login name. Thanks for pointing it out. He hasn't posted anything, so I disabled the account pending further discussion.
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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb 2017, 02:05    Post subject:  

I've seen it a few times, myself. I don't know why some put their email address in the username field, and I'm not sure if any bots do it. (Edit: Okay, at least one bot did it.)

Searching the userlist for *.com pulls up 27 users ( Shocked ) who have done it (active, and inactive). *.co, three. *.net, eight. Although, to be fair, some of those are intentional website addresses.

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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb 2017, 08:28    Post subject:  

It is quite likely innocent ignorance!
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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb 2017, 09:16    Post subject:  

A website address makes sense. I can't think of a reason to use an email address. And then not to post anything. Confused
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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb 2017, 11:04    Post subject:  

Send one of them an E-mail and ask why they did it Idea

Does it show up in their profile with the E-mail address in the name?

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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb 2017, 20:11    Post subject:  

bigpup wrote:
Send one of them an E-mail and ask why they did it Idea

I'm afraid I might be feeding a troll. I'd certainly be giving him my email address.

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Does it show up in their profile with the E-mail address in the name?
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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb 2017, 23:33    Post subject:  

Sometimes, I wonder if some of the users who have their email address as their username are expecting the search engines to pick it up. (The search engines won't be able to do it from the profile pages, but on the main page (and if they ever actually make any posts)? Sure.)
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Feb 2017, 08:54    Post subject:  

But to what end? To Google an email address, you'd have to enter the address. Confused
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Feb 2017, 21:30    Post subject:  

I didn't say it made sense. Mr. Green

I'm still trying to figure out why a spambot would do it. Rolling Eyes

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