I'm still pretty new to Ask Ubuntu. I've seen some people include their e-mail address in their question.

Is it okay to edit the e-Mail address away as I feel they break the way Ask Ubuntu works?

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    Quick answer: YES
    – jokerdino Mod
    Oct 7, 2013 at 15:15
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    What jokerdino said. This would prevent the email from getting spam and other annoying problems. Oct 7, 2013 at 15:28
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    @jokerdino if it is an 'answer' as you say, just post it as an answer. :)
    – don.joey
    Oct 11, 2013 at 9:28
  • Unfortunately the site software won't take "yes" for an answer. ;)
    – poolie
    Oct 19, 2013 at 22:04

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Short answer: YES!

Emails in questions/answers pose at least 2 problems:

  • Spam: Spambots are very good at filtering plain text emails off websites. (This is why most people, when sharing emails, type them name AT host DOT com etc)

  • The site doesn't work this way. Questions should be asked here as well as answered here and the problem should be discussed here. That's how the site is supposed to work.

So ultimately, yes, adding your email to your question breaks the way the site was designed to work and exposes you to spam.

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    I should point out that spam bots are good at recognizing the "user AT domain DOT com" format as well. In fact, the only way to really beat spam bots is to omit part of the address and imply the missing parts from context. Oct 14, 2013 at 16:53

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