Getting spammy cold emails asking for invite codes 😡

Hey IH,

After @csallen and @channingallen introduced invite codes to the community, I’ve gotten a few random cold emails from people asking for a code.

Here’s one I got a bit ago for reference.

screenshot of email

  • I don’t know these people who email me
  • They come across very unprofessional
  • And they don’t even have a gold reason to ask.

My guess is that I should ignore these emails, correct?

Thanks for your help and guidance.

  1. 4

    Up to you to decide how to use your invite codes! You can ignore the emails, or you can ask the people about their background and why they want to join. Ultimately, I think you should look at yourself as responsible for the people you invite to the community.

    1. 1

      Thanks for the guidance!

  2. 2

    Yeah just ignore them. But how do they got your address? Is any mail address entered in IndieHackers publicly accessible? This should only the case for logged-in users (which would solve this problem in the first place).

    👍 If you agree, so that @csallen and @channingallen can see this.

    1. 2

      There's a feature to show an email address to the public, but it's optional. It would be interesting to have a flag to only show this to logged-in users. Anyway, soon we're going to introduce direct messaging, which should obviate the need for this.

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        Nice @csallen, thanks for the follow-up ❤️

      2. 1

        That’d be great. Thanks.

    2. 1

      Hmm, I’m not sure. I might’ve left one in a post of mine way way back.

      Thanks for letting me know.

  3. 1

    I got one too and ignored it and it was indeed unprofessional. It looks like they don't know the basics of cold emailing.

    1. 1

      Exactly. Makes me roll my eyes so much.

      1. 1

        And they're wasting their time if the want the invites only to self-promote.

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