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Some of you may have noticed a change to your public-facing profiles in Pure recently: gone is your visible e-mail address, to be replaced by a new Contact Expert button beneath your photo.

This button means anyone who wants to contact you after having found you on Pure now completes a short form which sends an e-mail from Pure to your Edge Hill e-mail account. You would then reply by e-mail, which is the first point at which your e-mail gets exposed to the enquirer.

“But doesn’t this make it harder for someone to contact me?” I hear you say. Not really, no. The web-form they complete will capture the same information you would expect someone to write in an e-mail.

So, what’s the point of the change then? It’s all about avoiding spam.

Firstly, the web-form includes a reCAPTCHA (‘Select all the fire hydrants shown…’) to prevent bots from contacting you through Pure.

Secondly, by not exposing your e-mail address in your profile, it’s one less source for automated harvesters to hoover up your e-mail address and add it to spammers’ lists.

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