You are absolutely correct CathyML re Beth's earlier thread and thanks for helping to keep Beth safe ish! I say that because the 'odd-ball' could still read the email address, adjust where necessary and cause an amount of annoyance emailing Beth with all sorts of rubbish. The reason for the (at) is so that robots cannot read it automatically, that's all.
If I were you Beth, I would remove the email address and use the POE facility that CathyML suggests. Click on your name above your avatar and it will take you to another POE page where second from the right you will see 'contact'......click on it and send to your hearts content securely!
Hey, that's the power of POE! lol