November 1, 2007

Email Addresses

I’ve modified the comments form to require email addresses in comments. Some reasons:

  • When I get my email comment notifications, it sorts them by email address. When people don’t use an email, your comments become difficult for me to find in my email database. So, that is for my convenience.
  • Legitimate comments were being marked as spam, and I wouldn’t see them.
  • An email address is a soft version of a login. A commenter recently pointed out that “everybody is anonymous.” While that’s not completely true (I get quite a bit of info on my blog readers, and have few enough of them that it’s easy to sort out) this helps make it less so.
  • There are a number of ways on this website for people to contact me. The email in the comments is my way of contacting you. Your comments email is the email I’ll try to use, if I have multiple and old addresses for you. Giving your email makes this more of a two-sided conversation. I’ve never had a legitimate commenter who was uncomfortable with giving an email address.

Also, according to my logs, someone who also happens to be a recent commenter on this blog was Googling me yesterday after lunchtime. Here’s the search you did. Are you just a curious fellow, or am I that interesting?

Email addresses are not displayed on the site, so they won’t be harvested by spambots. And I promise that I am not a spambot.

MovableType is not friendly to posts which don’t include email addresses; they get lost. So make sure you include that address.

Thanks for participating, and sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

Posted by James at November 1, 2007 9:09 AM
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I've tried to place large and visible reminders so that people don't leave off the email address by mistake.

I have to get some better blogging software, though. This version of Movable Type is getting long in the blog tooth.

Posted by: James at November 1, 2007 9:50 AM

a) not inconvenienced at all by the requirement of email.

b) the link to the search the person did just goes to the main google homepage. How do you know the person was googling you? enquiring minds wanna know! :)

Posted by: jay at November 1, 2007 8:08 PM


a) Thanks!

b) Thanks again. I've fixed the link. On "how" -- a little bird told me. :) I'll explain in email.

Posted by: James at November 2, 2007 8:35 AM

Can you cc me on that mail? I'm curious as well.

Posted by: briwei at November 2, 2007 11:18 AM

I don't mind at all telling a blog owner who I am. We have a electronic bulletin board at my place of employment. People sometimes use cutsie names to try to hide their identity. However, the news reader captures their IP address. So, their posts are never REALLY anonymous, since there is a database that keeps track of which IP address belonged to which AD login even via DHCP. Considering the technical astuteness of our user population you would think that they would realize the pointlessness of trying to hide who they are. But, people are just really not that bright sometimes (even among honest-to-goodness rocket scientists).

Posted by: Kitten Herder at November 3, 2007 2:39 PM

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