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However, some members of the public legitimately want to create distribution lists of staff addresses so they need to know what the email addresses are.
Or am I reading that wrong?
What I am thinking of is that you're using a GIF or JPG button with a description on it (Email JANE here) and then making that button a link.
If so, then what I wrote above applies. Or am I looking at it wrong?
The OP wasn't wanting the links to be live, just displayed so that visitors could see what the email address is.
As a user, that would irritate me considerably.
I have a goodly number of websites and dozens of emails. Some sites need david@ sales@ info@ optout@ and so forth.
Is it just me - but I think the best 'solution' is to not worry about the spam and simply filter incoming email? That's my job. Perhaps your situation allows the 'quarantine' or restricted distribution of emails, but I've got not only dozens of emails, but also dozens of email links on other sites where we are recommended by email rather than with a site link. I'd rather have the site link, but an not going tell people how to recommend our sites and services. We get a lot of ma and pa recommendations, so can't really be to 'pushy' about how they say nice things - even if another method would be even more beneficial to us.
However when I need to contact others through their sites I hate forms as I don't have an audit trail.
Ha! Ha! Same here. I hate forms, and want the email thread. If there is any BS down down the road as to who said what, the thread is a wonderful weapon - and I enjoy how much some people despise being held accountable.
If a form is all you've got, and I can go somewhere else just as easily - I most likely will; depending upon subject and potential need/desire for documentation.