Originally Posted by Protagonist
It helps if your Forums name has nothing to do with your real name. Makes it that much harder for someone reading the Forums from finding who you are and where you live.
More importantly, do not use your email addy username as a username anywhere on the web -- especially if you use one of the broadly used free email providers like gmail, yahoo, hotmail, aol, etc. For instance, if your email is email@example.com
, do not have alphabeta as your username here at AIR. Spammers run bots that match usernames to the free providers' domains; the bots send out emails with that username. They will get responses that firstname.lastname@example.org
doesn't exist, and on and on. Their automated bot picks up that it didn't get a return message from gmail and thus adds that to their spam lists they can sell. Use the 'Contact Us' link at page bottom to request that tech support help with any username change (suggest your preferred unique username of course).
Never publicly post your email addy, phone # or street address anywhere on the web.
If you have included your street address, phone # or VIN in your public profile (here's mine
), site management will continue to keep these sensitive details hidden from view. You can view your own details when looking at your profile but other members cannot see such clearly private info.
I private message for everything
I do with forum communication. If you do elect to use the profile option to email another member (if their profile is configured to allow that), then you will be revealing your email address.
Using the 'Contact Seller' link at classifieds also reveals your email address -- we want it very clear that classified transactions are between private parties and that members are responsible for establishing their own bona fides
. The comment section under any ad is a good place to ask questions without revealing your email address.