If I add my email address to my profile (in particular, in the "About Me" box) such that it is in the proper format ([email protected]) will it be vulnerable to harvesting by spam bots?

It would be nice if for example only logged in users with a sufficiently high reputation could see it as a clickable link and others as something that is human but not (or much harder) machine readable.


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The email field is only visible to yourself and moderators.

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but I mean if I put it in the "About Me" box. I know that nobody else except the moderators can see it, that is why I put it in that box. $\endgroup$
    – JT_NL
    Jun 18, 2011 at 0:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Jonas I don't know how effective this is against spam-bots, but I've seen some people spell their emails out in the format of "name [at] domain.com" $\endgroup$
    – Jin
    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:14
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    $\begingroup$ @Jin superuser.com/questions/235937/… - here's some discussion about how effective various types of email address obfuscation is. $\endgroup$
    – Raeder
    Jun 18, 2011 at 11:36
  • $\begingroup$ Does "entity obfuscation" work? On my (rather publicly viewable department homepage), I list my e-mail address by replacing the username and the @ symbol with HTML entities, i.e. &#x0077;&#x0077;278<span>&#x0040;</span>dpmms... and it has worked well enough for the past years. But I assume SE has some sort of HTML sanitation on user input fields, so I wonder if this will work? $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2011 at 12:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Raeder: Thanks for the link. Seeing the second answer at the page you have linked I suppose I'll just put the email address in the correct format. $\endgroup$
    – JT_NL
    Jun 18, 2011 at 14:44
  • $\begingroup$ @JonasTeuwen, sorry, I misunderstood. $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2011 at 17:46

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