Ever since I started doing my research on identifying software candidates by going to websites listing their emails, I've been getting accused of 'scraping'... even though I was collecting addresses by hand and calling each of them individually on the phone as well.  I then decided that it would be smarter to automate the process, since I was going to get accused of this 'sin' anyway.  Products like "HiringSolved" are quite powerful and enable this process to be accelerated.

My question is:  Given that Software Developers (who ought to know a thing or two about software security) have left their addresses out in public, frequently with details about what kind of work they do, and the websites they have left them on were designed by other software engineers, who apparently had no concerns about security and never even made any effort to make their sites 'unscrapable' in the first place -- How legitimate is it of them to complain that someone actually went to the trouble of looking them up and contacted them, using public information that was easy to access?

To me, it doesn't sound like a legitimate complaint...  Maybe I'm too cynical.  Personally, if I left my bicycle unattended, unchained, in some busy area frequented by many people, I would not start complaining about "theft" if someone took my bicycle and then peddled it back to my house, and then left a note saying: "I think that this is your bike that you left unprotected for the past six months, and by the way, I think I have a job opportunity for you..."  

I guess that those particular software engineers haven't studied much Wittgenstein, because they sure seem to think that they speak a language that only they can understand...

Tags: Recruiting Tools / Sourcing, email, identification, name-collecting, scraping, screening, security, sourcing, websites

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