Simple ContactPosted on 03.02.10 7 Comments
Internet. I’m angry.
“Don’t place your email address on your website – Email addresses on your website or blog are no secret to spam robots. It’s always a good idea for you and even better for your visitors if you provide a feedback form so they can easily get in contact with you. Another solution is to remove the text version of your email address and add an image of it instead.”
I couldn’t disagree with that previous statement more.
It’s pretty common for me to see a designer following this advice. An email address either displayed as a graphic, typed in a cryptic manner like hello[at]chopeh[dot]com, or having no visible email address at all. Now I understand the reasoning behind this, “It’s to stop me getting spam!” I hear people cry. But as a visitor to your site; why do I care that you’re trying to prevent spam?
The whole point of most websites is to get some kind of contact, a conversion. This needs to be done as easy as possible. Having a contact form is fine but you’d be suprised at how many people don’t like using them (me included). I like to send things from my email client where I can look up the time I sent the message, what I wrote… And have a spell checker to keep an eye on me.
It annoyed me that this kind of info is still being spread, it’s 2010!
The spam I receive is my problem and I deal with it using spam filters. I don’t want a visitor mis-typing my email into their client, copying and pasting, or filling out awkward CAPTCHA on forms.
Don’t agree? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org.