Several people have contacted us about spam or scams after placing ads in the Classifieds, posting in the Discussion forums or Yellow Pages.
When you place an ad or a comment in the Discussion, a link to a contact form for your username is automatically included in the green box at the bottom of the ad or post. We do not display email addresses.
All visitors can view the ads and Discussion, but only registered users can respond, because these links are not visible to non-registered users.
However, if you include your email address anywhere in the listings and Discussion, all viewers and bots can use these addresses to send spam or scam messages. Email addresses and url’s can not be used for usernames.
We have been quite successful in eliminating and/or blocking users who abuse the system, but please be aware of the fact that if you include an email address in your listing, we have no control over who contacts you.
The editors have the right to remove this information in the body of listings when deemed unnecessary. Please respect the rights of people who may not wish to have their email address published.
For additional information on how to contact a member offline, see How to contact a Briar Press member.