One of the interesting things about having a form which requires an email address is the interesting emails you sometimes get. Bill Gates, Mickey Mouse, and so on seem to be a big fans and there is the inevitable collection of rude names. Occasionally, you do see some real humour. It is great to see that firstname.lastname@example.org is evaluating our software – your discretion is assured.
Humour aside, it is a shame that people fill in a form with a fake email address. Presumably, they are filling it in because they are interested in it because of the item on offer – which they will not get if we cannot email them the details. And we are in the software industry – not in the market for harvesting emails.
It is also the case that our system can tell the location of the email sender, so we can see if you are using gmail to hide the fact you work for a large company. We do not have ‘special premium prices’ for certain clients so it does not effect how we treat you and knowing who you are makes it easier for us to help us.
So if you really do work for Area51, we hope you like the software (your secret is safe with us). Otherwise, it seems a bit pointless using an invalid email address to fill in a form if you are interested. The truth is out there – we just have to send it to you.