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Moodle top page: adding an email address link
by Laura MacGregor - Wednesday, 8 October 2008, 10:18 AM
 
Hello from Tokyo!
I am slowly building my moodle site and would like to ask your help with several things, the first of which is how to put my email address on the top page of the site.

Specifically,
is there a place I can put my email address and make a hyperlink (is that the term?) so that students just click to start a message to me in their mailers?
I can't seem to find anywhere or any function that will allow a link to an email address.

Thanks very much for your help.
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Re: Moodle top page: adding an email address link
by Peter Ruthven-Stuart - Wednesday, 8 October 2008, 10:01 PM
 
Hello Laura,

You asked:

"how to put my email address on the top page of the site."

It is possible to do this, but you shouldn't. Why? Because if your email address is visible to humans on the top page it'll be visible to "bots" that scour the Internet for email addresses to send spam to.

But more importantly, you don't need to do this. Moodle already has an Internal email system. Give it a try: click on any name you see on this discussion page (your name or my name, for example). Clicking on a name will open up that person's profile. Depending on how that person has set their profile (they might have made their email invisible) you will probably be able to their email address which will be 'hot', i.e. clicking on it will open up your email software. Or, at the bottom of the profile you'll see a button that says [Send message]. Clicking on this will open up the internal message system. If you send a message via this sytem, the recipient will recive the message via the same system if he / she is online, or via regular email if he / she is off line.

So, tell students that if they ever want to email you via Moodle, they can click on the Participants link, which is usually on the top left of a course page. On the participants page, they will see all the participants in the course (teachers and students). Clicking on a name will open up that person's profile page. Of course, people have to be logged into Moodle in order to be able to do this. As I wrote above, in order to avoid spam, you don't want to put your email address for the whole world to see on the top page.

However, if you really want to advertise your email address, there are free applications that can 'cloak' your email address so that only humans can read it: for mac and for windows.

Hope this helps.

wink Hint: click on everything you see in Moodle, see what happens, you'll discover many 'new' functions by doing this.
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Re: Moodle top page: adding an email address link
by Laura MacGregor - Thursday, 9 October 2008, 07:23 PM
 
Brilliant.
Thank you very much for your advice. I will heed your warning about putting my address out front, since, as you have shown me, it is already there and available. Thank you again for this and for the widgets/email cloaking site.