By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
For quite some time now, it has been the policy on planet chiropractic, that users of the chiropractic classified ad system don’t include their e-mail address in the body of their ads. The reasoning behind this was that scammers, scrapers, and con artists, were grabbing those e-mails and contacting unsuspecting chiropractors. For the most part, the filter that we’ve put in place, has worked just fine. Even better, the majority of users know better than to post their e-mail addresses (for all the world to see) within the body of advertisements. I wouldn’t recommend that on any publicly available website anywhere. That being said, I’ve received several e-mails from those that want to include their e-mail address in the body of ads, primarily so they can receive curriculum vitae’s and resumes for job-related ads. In that case, there are some workarounds, but the user posting does so at their own risk.
Send resume to… screenshot
The screenshot shows the clipped body of a classified advertisement that includes a users e-mail address that has been filtered out. The red arrow shows where people visiting the site can click and send a reply to ad postings. I still strongly suggest that users rely on this system when contacting the posters of advertisements. Personally, I wouldn’t send out my resume or curriculum vitae, until I had a chance to know more about the office or individual I was sending it to.
If you want to post your e-mail address in any way shape or form online, and want to decrease the chances that it’s going to be picked up by a spamming scraper, you may want to do any of the following.
The most common methods are removing the @ symbol and . symbol, and replacing them with something else. As an example let’s use the e-mail address for >> [email protected]ctor.com. Here are some alternatives…
You can pretty much do anything you want, and from what I’ve seen online, there is little problem arising from being creative. Seriously, in 2011, if someone can’t figure out your e-mail address when changes like those above are made, maybe they don’t have any business communicating with you anyways.