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Emails Via Hubpages

  1. SweetiePie profile image83
    SweetiePieposted 7 years ago

    Is there a possibility we could have a new feature that would only allow Hubpage members with profiles to send emails?  I think this might cut down on the amount of spam we are currently receiving from unverified email accounts.  Just a thought smile.  Also, it would be great if email messages listed the person's profile here on Hubpages, which would allow us to stop guessing about their identity.

  2. VioletSun profile image70
    VioletSunposted 7 years ago

    This sounds like a good idea! I have been reading lately of hub members receiving very unpleasant spam from non-registered users.

  3. sixtyorso profile image75
    sixtyorsoposted 7 years ago

    I agree with the suggestion and possibly a "capcha" signature to avoid electronic spam? Thanks Ag for your idea

  4. Trekkiemelissa profile image79
    Trekkiemelissaposted 7 years ago

    I agree that we should only get emails from members, but also agree with the capcha. May want to add re-captcha in to make it harder for the spammer to spam everyone.

  5. Jerilee Wei profile image94
    Jerilee Weiposted 7 years ago

    I'd have to agree too, the only unpleasant emails I've gotten have been from non-members.  I don't mind comments from non-members, most have them have been positive, and the few that aren't at least we have the option of not approving the comment.

  6. Isabella Snow profile image87
    Isabella Snowposted 7 years ago

    I don't agree with this suggestion because most writers who get offered work via their profiles would not get those offers if the editors/magazines contacting them had to first register.

    I do think a few changes to the way we are emailed should be made, and I am starting a new thread for it because it's not all that similar a request to this one.


    1. Sufidreamer profile image81
      Sufidreamerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Don't know about the technical side, but maybe there could be an opt-out system. Writers could opt to have the completely open mail, whereas others could chose to receive mail only from within Hubpages, or none at all.

  7. pauldeeds profile image
    pauldeedsposted 7 years ago

    1. There already is a captcha on the contact author page.

    2. We can try and do some spam filtering on outbound emails, but we feel like it's a much worse to not deliver a legitimate email than it is to deliver a small amount of spam.  Because the volume of email sent through HubPages is so small and all we have to go on is the ip address of the sender and the content of the email (no email headers), determining if something is spam or not is difficult.

    2. Since we added the "this message is spam" link to all emails at the end of last week, there are have been a total of 421 emails sent to authors via the "contact <your username>" link.  Of those almost exactly half have been sent by logged in users.  Of the 421, 6 emails have been reported as spam (around 1.4%) -- 4 were sent by signed in users and 2 by not signed in.  From this evidence it doesn't seem like preventing signed out users from contacting you would make much sense.

    The best thing you can do to help us, is to click the "this message is spam" link at the bottom of HubPages emails and then simply delete the messsage.  Doing that will give us the information we need to take further action as appropriate.

    3. We're working on adding the username to emails when they are sent by logged in users.  By default the from name is the username, but people can change that today.

  8. Misha profile image76
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    Since I don't receive much spam, and I see how this proposed change can cut opportunities for writers, I am with Isa and Paul on that.

    And thank you Paul for letting us know of status of username in email smile

  9. pauldeeds profile image
    pauldeedsposted 7 years ago

    A couple of other points --  the traditional definition of spam has been unsolicited bulk email or unsolicited commercial email.   When you have the "contact link" on your profile page (which you can remove if you like), and you publish hubs, you are to some extent soliciting email, especially email related to the subject matter of your hubs.  Now, you may not like some of the email you get, but that doesn't make it spam in the traditional sense.

    This is not to say that, from time to time someone doesn't try and send unsolicited commercial emails to Hubbers through the contact form.  But, it's really not a very efficient way to spam because of the captcha, and it's also fairly easy for us to detect and deal with (versus the one off undesirable email from some random person that reads one of your hubs) ...

  10. Isabella Snow profile image87
    Isabella Snowposted 7 years ago

    Yes, that's what I meant in the other thread where I said it's not about spam per se -- I was just using the term to describe dodgy emails.

  11. VioletSun profile image70
    VioletSunposted 7 years ago

    Read Isabella's thread and great to hear that Paul is considering in allowing IP addresses to be visible in emails, that can be useful for sure.

  12. gamergirl profile image62
    gamergirlposted 7 years ago

    Well, yes - if you're sending the IP address right back to Hubpages to report unsolicited emails or stalker-weirdness (there've been a couple of hubbers who have mentioned being leery about the contact link because of stalkers.. which I find creepy in and of itself) but I just think it's overboard.  There's a captcha there, and as Paul quoted, there were only a very small number of emails sent through the system by folks who were not signed in. 

    So, if you receive an email through the Hubpages system which is spammy or creepy or makes you feel any sort of negative emotion, forward it to the Hubpages team, it's the easiest solution for you - the only real need for knowing someone's IP address is, beyond the nefarious reasons, to block or ban said IP address from your site if you so choose, or for reporting to the proper authorities in case of ToS violations or the like.

  13. pauldeeds profile image
    pauldeedsposted 7 years ago

    What I think we'll end up doing is adding the sender's ip address into the message headers as a custom header, something like this:


    That way it will be there for those of you that really want to see it, without cluttering up the actual body of the email or confusing people that don't really care.

    1. SweetiePie profile image83
      SweetiePieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I would to thank all of you at HP for providing several solutions regarding this matter.  Thanks for all the hard work you did regarding this smile.

    2. Isabella Snow profile image87
      Isabella Snowposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That will work brilliantly, thank you!

  14. Lady Guinevere profile image60
    Lady Guinevereposted 7 years ago

    I got an e-mail throuygh ubpages that said it was a verified email address only the letter was a scam.  If this is the same one that Sweetiepie got then there should be a way of checking these things out.  Here is the letter for anyone getting the same thing:

    Martin Cole (martin.cole899@googlemail.com) has sent you this message.
    (email address verified)

    I feel quite safe and satisfy dealing with you in this mutual beneficial transaction. Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest,surest and most secured medium of communication.
    However, this correspondence is purely private, and it should be treated as such. l also guarantee you that this deal is hitch free from all what you may think of and I encourage you to read it to the end so that you can understand it very well.
    I am Dr Martin Cole ,Personnel manager in charge of Claims and indemnity of Global Insurance Company.
    I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality that will be attached to this deal for the benefit of both of us.
    The Management and the Legal / Treasury Department of the Global Insurance Company in a recent meeting, recommended that the account of MR.John smith, who maintained a Life Assurance Policy,should be declared Dormant and confisticated hence moving his unclaimed benefits funds to the Treasury according to our Banking and Financial law.
    Recently, I came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person (MR.ROBERT FINKELSTEIN). He is a foreigner,unfortunately He is now late as he was amongst those that on the recent plane crash during his visit to Canada.
    This man was our client and has a Life Assurance Policy WORTH the sum of twenty Five Million sterling pounds (£25,000,000.00). Right now,the fund is lying unclaimed in our custody and there is NO next of kin mentioned in his file and there is no how we can reach any of his relatives.
    All efforts made by us to establish contacts with any other of his relation has proved abortive and unsuccessful. His life Assurance Policy will expire in the next few months from the date of this letter.
    Just on Monday 5 2009 we received an instruction from Ministry of Social Welfare to forward particulars of all unclaimed benefits that will expire in the next few months.
    Upon my personal finding on this matter, I kept this information secret to myself until now that I am .contacting you. In view of the fact that the deceased customer is a foreigner (from United Kingdom), it is Officially important for the involvement of a foreigner who will pose as a next-of-kin.
    All legal documents to back up your claim as our client's next-of-kin will be provided.
    All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction is through.This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. If this business proposition offends your moral values,do accept my apology,Please contact me at once to indicate your interest at (martin.cole899@live.com}.
    I will use my exalted position in this Insurance Company to present you as his Next of Kin as you can be his relative, friend or Cousin and the Money (£25Million) will be Safely transfered into your own bank account in your country.
    Please include your telephone/fax number/Home Address when replying this mail and I will give you more information as soon as you indicate your willingness to assist in this viable transaction.
    The transaction will be done successfully and smoothly completed via email and phone. Send your full name, address and telephone number to me via email urgently today so that I will call you for discussions.
    I PROMISE that you must be happy and shall rejoice greatly soonest for co-operating with me in this transaction. After successful conclusion of this transaction, we shall share the money 50-50 (50% for you and 50% for me).
    I require you to maintain the confidentiality of this transaction because it is important due to the fact that I am still in active services to the Global Insurance Company.
    Your earlier response to this matter is very important.
    Hoping to here from you soonest
    Best Regards,
    DR.Martin Cole
    Please respond
    I await your good response

  15. Misha profile image76
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    LOL you made your revenge already by posting this guy's email address on the open Internet big_smile

    It gets consumed by spambots pretty soon, and the guy starts receiving loads of spam himself smile

    1. Lady Guinevere profile image60
      Lady Guinevereposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Great punishment to fit the crime!!

    2. Dorsi profile image91
      Dorsiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Bravo!! I hate these Nigerian scam letters! I hope the guy gets a ton of spam!