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Contacting other chowhounds

Pia Sep 7, 2012 01:34 PM

Sometimes I see posts from people who live or work in my neighborhood, and I'd like to get in touch with them to see if they would want to meet up, but there is no way to get in touch with them. The site doesn't provide an obvious way to contact people and if you take the initiative to put your email in your profile, it's accessible to the entire Internet.

Would it be kosher to post on the Boston board saying, "CHs who work in Neighborhood X, want to meet for lunch," or to reply to people's comments in threads inviting them to contact me?

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  1. Servorg RE: Pia Sep 7, 2012 01:58 PM

    "...and if you take the initiative to put your email in your profile, it's accessible to the entire Internet."

    That's why most people here who do put their email address in their profile take the time to establish a "throwaway" email address and spell out the address (as you have done with your address) to keep bots from picking it up for spam purposes.

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    1. re: Servorg
      Veggo RE: Servorg Sep 7, 2012 02:04 PM

      I have exactly one e-mail address, which I included on my CH profile when I joined more than 6 years ago, and I have not had any spam. None. Zero.

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        Servorg RE: Veggo Sep 7, 2012 02:05 PM

        "That's why most people here..." Or not. ;-D>

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          Veggo RE: Servorg Sep 7, 2012 02:13 PM

          Thanks for saving me from my low-tech naivete. It takes a village...

      2. re: Servorg
        Pia RE: Servorg Sep 11, 2012 09:37 AM

        And I think that's why most people don't put an email address at all.
        I'd like to see the site encourage this kind of one-on-one contact more, especially since a lot of the activity is on local boards. For instance, I saw someone post that they had recently moved into my neighborhood, have small kids like me, and like some of the same places that I like. I don't want to organize a gathering, but I would like to get in touch with this person.

      3. The Chowhound Team RE: Pia Sep 7, 2012 02:13 PM

        Check out our Etiquette for Chowdowns and other Gatherings (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36760... ) for more info on how best to plan meetups.

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