To participate fully in the activities at Hot Boots, various features will ask for your e-mail address. You'll be asked to enter it when you register or sign in to the Boots On Line message board, or list yourself in the Boot Swap or Personals features. This is so other users can contact you, of course!
A problem in recent years has been that spammers find these addresses, and, of course, no one wants spam. To thwart spammers, we do not show e-mail addresses in ads, listings, or message posts, unless you intentionally type it into the body of the ad, listing or message. Instead, people who wish to write you will be shown a web page where they can put in their e-mail address and a message to you. They will not
be shown your address.
Then, the Hot Boots mail server will generate an e-mail from them to you.
WILL THIS PREVENT ALL SPAM?
No. Some spammers are persistent enough to write one bootman after another, awkward as that is. However, we limit use of the system such that they cannot write very many. Our experience has been that almost no spam arrives through this system.
WILL THIS GUARANTEE
THAT NO ONE WRITING WILL LEARN OF MY ADDRESS?
No. When you reply to them, they will, of course, then have your address.
Be aware that you can reply to a writer without intending to. Setting a
"vacation reply", having a spam filter that challenges senders, or letting
your mail box get full can generate a reply. Also, equipment failures
on the Internet can cause "bounce" replies. We want you to be aware of
these possibilities. They should occur very infrequently.
THEN WHY DO THIS?
Because it will greatly reduce the exposure of your e-mail address
to spammers and others. You will likely feel that exposure is non-existent.
WILL THE SYSTEM HIDE MY E-MAIL ADDRESS WHEN I AM SENDING THROUGH IT?
No. The recipient will get your e-mail address in the message you send and
it will say it is from you, not from Hot Boots. All he needs to do to write
you is to reply in the usual way.