Regina Saskatchewan meetup Jan 12 2007 January 7, 2007 11:22 AM   Subscribe

Regina, Sask MeFi Meetup - I posted this in the "Little Mosque on the Prairies" thread but thought it's proper procedure to post it here too.

I'm organizing a MeFi meetup for next Friday, January 12 at 7pm at Bushwakkers in Regina, SK. I sent e-mails to the four people shown as living in Regina via the "Users Near You" feature but some people don't have their geo-coordinates and/or e-mail addresses on their member pages. So if you're interested in joining us, please e-mail me at: as I plan to make a reservation. Also, feel free to invite non-MF friends as I'm sure we aren't going to have a huge crowd like the meetups in New York and LA get!
posted by Jaybo to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:22 AM (5 comments total)

Hey - I won't be there, but I grew up in Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon (also.... Lac La Ronge and North Battleford). Praries represent!
posted by Quartermass at 11:49 AM on January 7, 2007

I'd go, but I need a ride there and back... from Winnipeg.
Have fun, gappers!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:12 PM on January 7, 2007

I can't believe you just posted a valid, working email address in a mailto: URL on a public web page. Prepare for the spam, my friend.
posted by Rhomboid at 9:27 PM on January 7, 2007

I've had my (non-hidden, non-obscured) e-mail address posted in various places around the web for probably five years. The amount of e-mail I get ebbs and flows but right now, I tend to get 5-10 spam messages per day - irritating but definitely not overwhelming.

I've got a bit of an attitude that I don't think I should have to hide my e-mail address just because of fear of evil spammers. To me, it's sort of similar to people who are still afraid to use their credit card to buy online. Yes, there's a slim chance it could backfire on you and you have to be aware of where you're entering it (Amazon is obviously safer than "Fred'"). But for the most part, using a credit card online (like posting your e-mail address) isn't as dangerous as people think it is. Plus my ISP does a great job of keeping on top of spam-filtering technologies so that most spam doesn't even reach my in-box.

Anyhow, I guess we all have different comfort levels. Some people don't list their e-mail address anywhere online. Some use a fake e-mail for all but communications with close friends and family. And some like me say "It's my e-mail address and I'm going to use it, dammit!" But perhaps spammers target Metafilter more? I guess I'll find out...

(Oh, another thought. I'm not a programmer but I also wonder how hard it would be for somebody to write a script to scan Metafilter user pages (conveniently numerically ordered), pulling addresses and substitute "at"'s and "dot's" to compile a spam-ready database of valid e-mail addresses?)
posted by Jaybo at 5:25 AM on January 8, 2007

Dammit, y'all have fun. It's bad timing for me, otherwise I'd try to find an excuse to head on down.
posted by smorange at 11:00 PM on January 8, 2007

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