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Why require a Web surfer to have to cobble together an address?

Crippling an address in the text of a Web page is a means to reduce unintended spam to that individual.  Programs like Atomic Harvester course through the Web at night while you sleep looking for pages that match your keyword choices in search of the elusive @ symbol, testing for a dot-com or other mail suffix and scooping up anything that looks like an address and dumping into a file.  Marketers buy massive e-mail lists dirt cheap from folks who troll for addresses this way.  We tend not to provide a direct link to neighbors who haven't asked to be listed as a way to protect them from spam.