I have usernames in an XLS to revisit later, but for now, I cannot contact you.
Make sure you have an email address in your bio if you'd like to stay in touch!
Edit: the email field is not visible to others. You would need to put it into the about textarea to make it publicly visible.
Some of you are signing me up for mailing lists, gay porn websites, right-wing anime news? This is no coincidence.
Thank you all for taking time out of your day to “prove me wrong”, I hope you feel good about it.
Doesn’t bug me. I don’t get any notifications for emails. I select them all at once, mark spam, and continue on with my day. I won’t remove my email address because there are definitely times where I want people to be able to contact me if they’re interested in doing so.
It’s really just a bummer to see that there are so many angsty individuals out there who have no better outlet for their energy.
Normal victim-blaming says if you do X, and you're aware that doing it exposes you to being hurt by someone choosing to do Y, it's pretty much your fault if they do Y and you get hurt. Here on HN, what I've seen repeatedly is people not just blaming you for Y but also feeling fully justified in making sure Y happens, even if it otherwise wouldn't.
IME that kind of thinking comes from a particular worldview that's disproportionately common here.
Another case I keep running into is people generally using the address for sales from HN. The worst culprits are recruiters / agencies using it on Who’s Hiring when I explicitly say “no recruiters”. I’ve simply politely told them it’s our of order and then restrained from naming and shaming them...so far.
A little off-topic, but is right-wing anime really a thing?
It seems to be more common to discover the creators of an anime or manga holding right-wing or extreme beliefs, though, than for those to explicitly find their way into anime. The director of Recovery of an MMO Junkie, for instance with his anti-semitic tweets.
I don't know how many right-wing anime fans there are in Japan (who would be the audience for right-wing anime), though going from the most popular anime, it's not a large enough group of people for the industry to cater to their tastes.
Still, Japan was an Axis power, and every vile thing the Nazis did, they did to foreigners half a world away, so Japanese media winds up being a lot more comfortable around Nazism as a motif than Westerners would be because there's just not the same stigma around portraying it.
OTOH, I get a message every now and then saying something like "I saw your book recommendations in thread XYZ and really appreciate them" or "Dude, I totally agree with your comment on $FOO" or something. Those are rare, but highly appreciated. I'd be happy to have my email in my profile just for those.
If you don't want to set up a catchall, a good second alternative is plus addressing. Put email@example.com. Almost all of the spammers will drop the plus address but real senders will use it.
It also makes email filtering very easy
firstname.lastname@example.org -> Email/Google
COMPANY@example.com -> Email/Important
Sometimes truely magical shit happens in this community of ours and it's nice to be able to make contact.
I think I get more email from someone mistakenly using my address than I do startup spams though.
Anyway, I get fewer emails now so hopefully that's an indication of the normalization of remote working.
Haskell, Lisp Developer at Wormhole Technologies.
(We are hiring Haskell Engineer: email@example.com)
[ my public key: https://keybase.io/allenleein; my proof: https://keybase.io/allenleein/sigs/tfmUy09f1y-EvF2b6jlpwMZPv... ]
I wanted to tell a friend that you're looking for a Haskell programmer, but I didn't have any luck accessing  wasn't particularly helpful.
It is an interesting problem. I just put my twitter handle and hope that people will tweet at me to get my attention. Leaving DMs open is still spamable.
I read through other solutions and there isn't a good one. If HN allowed communication after a certain Karma threshold, that might work.
That might work, but with direct messaging, not with, "you see all emails after karma x".
Edit: Misunderstood the response, and I changed no to yes.
I'd suggest something not quite as easily scrapable/spammable as your email address, but I'm not sure what the best alternative is.
EDIT: After accepting the warning it now says "Site not found" with a DreamHost error. Hmm.
I'd forgotten where I'd made it public, and did so intentionally, but had forgotten.
There are some solutions for email addresses. I use something like this on my website: http://wbwip.com/wbw/emailencoder.html
And for what its worth I put my website in my profile where my contact info is available
I hang both places and like both, but as others have already pointed out, it is probably outside of the scope of HN.
On another note HN has interesting user segments. Quite a few people reach out to me when they are about to relocate to Germany as an expat and have some questions. Did roughly 20 phone calls the last quarter. There are 2 distinct groups reaching out. One group reaches out with their real email and we have a nice phone chat after. The other group reaches out with a uniquely created email, does not intro themselves during or after the phone call. Staying anonymous is an odd way to make friends or stay in contact :)
"My HN username is how you'll find me pretty much everywhere else."
Where I get a lot of spam is via one-off email addresses I would use each month in "Who's Hiring?" posts. Those threads are absolutely being scraped and resold.
But I'd estimate I get 1 email every 3-4 months referencing the profile and either inviting me to join some blockchain hypefest, or telling me I'd be perfect for a role .. in another country.
Sure, there's the risk of getting spammed and signed up for right-wing midget porn but the benefits outweigh the potential damage.
If you want to be contacted, you need to list your contact info in your profile. The "email" field is not publicly visible. It is a common mistake on HN to assume that it is.
Then you might not be getting trolled so badly.
If your email is old enough that you used it on Usenet, the spam from HN profile will surely be in homeopathic proportions!