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    Why does it include your private email address when you send an email to a forum member using the VB forum email feature?

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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    szlamany and I were experimenting with this and discovered it revealed our personal email id's to one another. The last time I emailed anybody via this forum, it was private. That is why I recommended it to szlamany rather than using PM. Now I feel foolish for suggesting he use it. The last time I emailed via the forum was January 2011. I would get a message sent to my personal email from the forum, not from a member, and I would click it to be taken to the forum to read my message there. Everyone's identity, location, etc was kept hidden. Good thing I trust szlamany, because now he knows the company where I work, thanks to my email domain being shown to him!
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    Wow - I haven't been trusted since I got out of prison

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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    Yea, I'm not sure why I said that. Considering you are in the next town over, I am feeling very vulnerable
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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    Oh we trust... we just also verify...

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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    I've asked Heidi (or technical forum guru) if something changed at some point on how email messages are done. I've also pointed her to this thread - which she might, or might not read. Let's see what she tells me - when she has a chance.
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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    Quote Originally Posted by MMock View Post
    The last time I emailed via the forum was January 2011. I would get a message sent to my personal email from the forum, not from a member, and I would click it to be taken to the forum to read my message there.
    I don't think this forum has ever had that feature.

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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    As a note, the email option does say the following:

    Note: By using this form, your email address will become available to the user who you are emailing.
    As such, it should not be a shock that your email address becomes available to the user who is receiving the email.....

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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    Quote Originally Posted by brad jones View Post
    As such, it should not be a shock that your email address becomes available to the user who is receiving the email.....
    Well, if it didn't then the email ystem would be pointless because you wouldn't be able to email the person back. In that case you would need to send them a private message on the forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightwalker83 View Post
    Well, if it didn't then the email ystem would be pointless because you wouldn't be able to email the person back. In that case you would need to send them a private message on the forum.
    I guess you never tried the feature - this is what the email message looks like.

    It gives a link to the VBFORUM EMAIL SENDING PAGE - so that you can use that to reply.

    But it also gives your personnal email address in the message.
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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    Quote Originally Posted by brad jones View Post
    As a note, the email option does say the following:



    As such, it should not be a shock that your email address becomes available to the user who is receiving the email.....

    Brad!
    You are correct, but I did not read that, I only know what has happened in the past from experience, and I do believe it changed. And to penagate who said I don't think this forum has ever had that feature, I don't want to get in a "yes it did - no it didn't" argument, but I am almost certain it did as this is the only forum I actively participate in and the only one I've used to email somebody.
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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    Here's one other odd thing - If I go to my User CP and go to Private Messages -> List Messages, I do not see the one I sent Steve yesterday. I only see the ones from 1-31-11 and older. So it still looks to me like something changed.
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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    gep and I just emailed each other, and this is what I got in Outlook:
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    Dear MMock,

    You have received a new private message at VBForums from gep13. Please click here to log in and read it:
    http://www.vbforums.com/private.php

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    That is how it has always worked for me, up until yesterday with szlamany. The message from gep was titled "New Private Message at VBForums", sent from forums@vbforums.com. I was not shown gep's personal email id.
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    MMock, I just sent you a test message... curious as to what comes out on your end... could it be a privacy setting/option?

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    Ae we confusing the PM (private message) and FORUM EMAIL's here??

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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    Quote Originally Posted by szlamany View Post
    Ae we confusing the PM (private message) and FORUM EMAIL's here??
    Ummm...possibly. Was that my error? Have I lead everyone astray?

    I will check out both.
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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    Quote Originally Posted by techgnome View Post
    MMock, I just sent you a test message... curious as to what comes out on your end... could it be a privacy setting/option?

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    This is the message:

    1,2,3, testing, 123... just curious what comes out on the other end of this...

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    Ok... now I have an option "Allow Email from other members" ... and it's turned on ... let me send another one and see what happens when I turn that option off...

    -tg

    edit - OK, another test was sent MMock... this time with the allow email option turned off...
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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    Quote Originally Posted by techgnome View Post
    Ok... now I have an option "Allow Email from other members" ... and it's turned on ... let me send another one and see what happens when I turn that option off...
    This option simply turns off the menu option for allowing people to email you.


    If you don't want to share your email address, use a Private Message (PM). If you don't care about sharing your email address, you can use the email option.

    In the past, we might have had the email option turned off as we prefer to keep communications on the forum.

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    Ah - the infamous RED HERRING!

    Confusion about PM vs forum emails (which I have received from new members in the past and always PM'd in reply).

    Forum email seems useless in that it exposes your real email address (which makes no sense since it is a supposed forum email system). I'm curious why it even exists - it's a forum page - and it sends an email with a link to reply via a forum page.

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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    Yeah, it does seem kind of redundant... but it's possible to block PMs... as I have a tendency to do sometimes... but the email option doesn't seem to be affected by that... which... means that if people figure it out, I can see people trying to send me emails with their problems rather than PMs...

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    Re: Using Forum email feature

    Quote Originally Posted by techgnome View Post
    Ok... now I have an option "Allow Email from other members" ... and it's turned on ... let me send another one and see what happens when I turn that option off...

    -tg

    edit - OK, another test was sent MMock... this time with the allow email option turned off...
    Had a meeting for the past hour, so I am catching up.

    Yes tg, that was different. Your email follows:
    >>
    This is a message from techgnome at VBForums ( http://www.vbforums.com/index.php ). The VBForums owners cannot accept any responsibility for the contents of the email.

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    OR, by email:
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    This is the message:

    Ok... so what do we get with this one? Same thing?

    -tg
    <<

    And it is from: >>forums@vbforums.com; on behalf of; techgnome @ VBForums [tg@____________.com].<< So that one is more revealing.
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