Developers: please make yourself Contactable

With people in many timezones working on JNode, it is important that we have good means of communication. The JNode website and IRC play their part, but often private email is the only viable option. A couple of times in the past few days, I've needed to email specific JNode developers, only to discover that their accounts don't have a Contact form. Without the intervention of the site administrators, I have no way to start a conversation with them.

I would like to ask all active or semi-active JNode developers to enable their Contact pages. You can do this as follows:

  1. Login to the website.
  2. Click on the "My Account" link in the right hand menu.
  3. In your account page, select the "Edit" tab.
  4. Scroll down to the "Contact settings" and check the box for "Personal Contact Form".
  5. Click the "Submit" button.

Many people are (understandably) wary of revealing their email addresses to spammers. However, making yourself Contactable has no risk of doing this. Furthermore, I am not aware of anyone trying to send people SPAM email via their JNode contact pages. (It would be self-defeating since people can quickly disable their Contact pages.)

When someone sends you a message from your Contact form, they do not get to see your email address, and you don't get to see theirs. If you want to keep your email private, you just need to remember not to "reply" to their emails from your (non-JNode) email account; reply via their JNode Contact form instead. But I don't bother, and I've never had any problems with unwanted email from JNode folks.