Account Associated Email address - Do we need one?

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alt3rn1ty

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For forums.grc.com do we need to have an associated email address?

I looked at my account and the change email to see if I can delete it, but you get a warning that you will need to revalidate your account, presumably via the new email you are supposed to give. So that does not look like I can delete my email address.

I log in here with Steve's Windows SQRL, and assumed - as per with the sqrl.grc.com site - that we would not need an email address.

Also in the sticky topic Forum Tips & Tricks https://forums.grc.com/pages/tips/, the following is mentioned ..
Notifications by Mail

Since we despise email SPAM, these forums are configured not to send email unless you request it. But that means if, for example, you want to know when Steve posts news of SpinRite or anything else to his blog forum, you must tell the system to let you know. It will not do that unless you ask.

So is the email requirement of this 'side' of the forum just for validation if nothing else?
Or can I somehow disable having an associated email address same as on the SQRL site?

Pretty sure the site will be encrypting my email address, and it's a throw away one anyway so no big issue if the sites hacked someday.
Apologies if I missed mention of the site behavior regarding emails when I joined this side of the forums.
 

PHolder

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It's an SPAM control (slow down) thing I suspect. I presume the extra loop through email verification slows down bots significantly.
 

alt3rn1ty

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I recall Steve saying that on the SQRL forum site (in response to the very first user account I made there) that SQRL users should have the ability to purge ..


.. On this forums.grc.com site, using SQRL to make a new alt3rn1ty account, I have had to use an email address initially, but cannot find a way to purge the email address afterwards.


Account at sqrl.grc.com site .. No email address needed :

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Account at forums.grc.com .. Email address (I have obfuscated the image) can be changed ..

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But you have to enter a new valid email address, it will not allow you to enter nothing ..

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So there is no way on this side of the forum to not have an associated email address.

If I am using SQRL to login here, all the site needs is the sqrl nut, and associated name alt3rn1ty.

SQRL when used exclusively as a login method, does not need my email address, so I cant see it being used to slow down spam. Spam would need to be able to use my SQRL generated nuts, which .. they cant, unless they had pwned my machine, and know my SQRL password.
 
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PHolder

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Yes, well this site is not that site. The rules there are not the rules here. etc... This forum has looser moderation than that one (for now), so that probably explains the difference.
 

alt3rn1ty

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Found it, its in the Privacy policy (I went looking at the "Terms and Rules" instead) ..


What information we hold about you​

The type of data that we collect and process includes:

  • Your name or username.
  • Your email address.
  • Your IP address.
Further data may be collected if you choose to share it, such as if you fill out fields on your profile.

That's fair enough, different sites have different needs, and I should have paid closer attention when joining this side :)


.. And that answers the OP question. 🎯
 
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