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Sep 7, 2012 01:34 PM

Contacting other chowhounds

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. "...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

      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.

      1. re: Veggo

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

        1. re: Servorg

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

      2. re: Servorg

        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. Check out our Etiquette for Chowdowns and other Gatherings ( ) for more info on how best to plan meetups.

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