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Someone I do not know had my personal email address in his contacts and I, too, was "Invited" to join Skillpages. I clicked the link in the email to unsubscribe my email address from any further "Invitations" - and Rated these email address thieves as Do Not Trust Right away on WOT. Do not fall for this scam masquerading as a "Social Network" or "Employment Site"!
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New users signing up are invited to 'activate your network', which means giving Skillpages access to their contacts list on GMail, Facebook, Hotmail or other services. It appears that Skillpages uses the imported contacts to generate automated messages to the user's contacts, informing them that such-and-such a person has just added them to their network or rated them for a skill.
It's unclear (without going through the whole signup process and potentially spamming all your friends) exactly how much control new users have over these messages, or whether Skillpages makes it clear that they will be sending messages in the user's name. What is certain is that Skillpages is a source of large amounts of unsolicited email whose main purpose is to promote the Skillpages site.
This has led to Skillpages being blocked by some institutions. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkillPages#Spam_and_blocking_by_educational...
Upon sign-up, they asked if user wants to send invites. That did not happen, they sent invitation anyway whether I agree or disagree, to all my email address contacts, including those whom I wouldn't even dare send any invitation to anything. That's embarrassing to my part. I sent them a message complaint, I did not receive any response.
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Never allowed them to access my mail accounts so no issue of spams for me. Site really helped to find some job and also hire some students when our studio had extra editing works. Hope they fix the spamming thing.
Java applet grabs user's contact lists and spams the contacts. Block *@skillpagesmail.com to stop the SPAM. To stop SkillPages from grabbing contacts from users' contact lists, block Java applet by blocking this on your firewall or proxy: “http://dyjab6i3qfxan.cloudfront.net/20121210.6/Resources/Internal/ContactsFinder/ContactsFinder.jar”.
While the SkillPages.com service seems ok, their means of spamming your entire contact list is extremely unethical. You have no control over how/what/when they send information. I simply went to their site to sign up for an account, and in order to create an account, you need to log into a social network (Gmail account, Facebook account, etc). Immediately upon logging in, your entire address book/contacts list is spammed with an email stating that you've invited them to Skillpages!!
I've contacted their support and have not heard anything back. This is just plain wrong. You should have total control over which of your contacts are contacted. I keep a number of people in my address books to ensure I DO NOT contact them - with notes as to why and so forth. I am VERY upset by this.