Today, to help people more easily contact an author, we added a link to email the author that respects the author's setting in their preferences.
Hopefully, this will lead to folks getting a few good emails from time to time.
Paul, I think this is a great idea, especially since it allows us to be contacted by our readers without divulging our email addresses.
Well done, HubPages Team!
Actually, that's wrong. If you reply to anyone who sends you an email via that link, they will have your email address.
Yes, Glenn. If they are really impressed by your articles and want to thank or appreciate you or like to get some more knowledge regarding the subject, then it is okay. But, some people are not honest and they try to take undue advantage in contacting strangers for their own benefits. That will be bad.
That's right. That's actually what my concern is. We never know when someone is just collecting email address to spam later. They may send you a legitimate-sounding question to answer just to get your email address.
Paul's post said "Today, to help people more easily contact an author, we added a link to email the author that respects the author's setting in their preferences." So I assume if we set our preferences not to allow people outside HubPages to contact us, the contact the author feature will not allow them to contact us.
Margaret, If you shut that off in your settings then the "Contact Author" link will not appear in your hubs for outsiders or for other Hubbers.
To be honest, I don't think that's going to be an issue at all. No one is going to go through the trouble of reading and asking legitimate questions only to get an email ID. There are so many other ways to steal email details of people.
There maybe emails offering SEO and marketing services and there could also be the occasional scam attempt.
I have my settings set to allow people to contact me through a link from HubPages. In my 10+ years on HubPages I have received a dozen or so emails from readers of my Hubs. None of these seemed to be seeking my email address and more than one shared useful information or leads for further research to use in either a future Hub or to expand and improve a current one. While I have not had any problems with these occasional emails from readers or from them after answering them I do have 2 options if I should receive a suspicious one. First, I can simply delete it without answering it; and, Second I have a couple of old email addresses with no public personal information which can use to reply to them without being concerned about spam to my regular email.
Paul, I appreciate your well-done recipe hubs.
I am wondering what is that line above the Delishably.com showing time and Verizon name. In another thread, it was semil.com and time. What are these things?
That's just a screenshot from his phone. So they show his current network provider and the time.
This is a great idea! If it's easier to contact the author, readers may be more prone to do so.
Right now on HP, the email option is buried underneath the Fan Mail tab on the author's profile page. How many readers outside of HP would know to go there?
I note that this feature is only available on hubs that have been moved to niche sites.
Here's the issue I am experiencing: long, detailed emails with content that should be posted comments everyone should see. The comments sometimes deeply enrich the hub. Also, viewers who seek private responses to their situation and even phone call consultations. Not happening. I appreciate the work that you all put into this, but it's a fix I wasn't looking for It isn't working for me just a few days in, so I've opted out. It is less appropriate for some types of hubs. Sorry.
It's a feature you can opt out of very easily. You take it if you want it or not, totally up to you. And you learned it's not for you, same with many others here. I'm just happy the team is still looking for ways to make things better. The day they stop trying is the day the websites fail.
There are some people whose hubs benefit by having this option. Especially those who write in the health and wellness niche.
A nice feature to add. Makes the whole site seem a lot more legit.
Haven't we always been been able t send a Hubber an email directly form going to Fan Page?
Yes, but now unregistered users can send emails. So you can receive emails from readers directly.
Only if the Hubber allows it. In your settings you can opt out of allowing anyone to email you via fan mail (and now via the hub).
It's true. But allowing or disallowing arises only after receiving the first mail. You can opt out for entire comments or fan-mails.
If you opted out for fan mail from people. I think it automatically disallows anyone from contacting you. That's what I understood from Pauls original post.
That's what I don't want to. I like comments and fan-mails but do not want to receive abusive or spam comments targeting a person instead of the content. For this, you have to judge each one separately and ban only such personal targeting people.
I don't think I'm comfy with this. I can't imagine anything someone would need to say or ask in an email that they couldn't write in the comment section. I respond to all of my readers' in the comment section. As a therapist, I could run into ethical issues with someone emailing me about a serious issue. I also think it leaves one open to trolls and inappropriate emails. Thanks for the option of turning it off.
I have a lot of people contact me about my personal stories, thanking me or asking me questions which they don't feel comfortable doing publicly. So it's useful for some.
Disposable email addresses, expire after 48 hours, no come back:
Thank you for emailing Will Apse!
Authors on HubPages love getting emails from readers and fellow Authors.
Got your email, so it works. It is not a good solution for long term correspondence as the recipient cannot reply but you could always include a message to your 'fan' (or hater perhaps) to use the original form on the page concerned to send further emails. Get a new disposable email each time, it takes mere seconds.
Or do what Venkatachari M suggests and use a non-personal email for 'fan' correspondence.
I must admit, I wouldn't want to get into long chats with readers given the time it takes me to write a grammatically correct, typo-free paragraph, but a lot of people will appreciate the validation of their work via a message.
This is a welcome innovation. Especially as they are trying to restrict comments to those beneficial to the article and not just praising the author such as "great article." If readers want to do that they can email the author.
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by Eric Dockett 17 months ago
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by Dr Abby Campbell 5 years ago
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by Emily Tack 4 years ago
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by Trekkiemelissa 9 years ago
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