Skype 4 beta: a confusing "email address added to profile" notice

November 02, 2008

In Skype 4, when I first opened the profile editor, I saw a message: “Note: we have added your email address to your profile.”

To me, this is an example of a message where the words make perfect sense but the sentence as a whole doesn’t. What email did they add? And why? And most importantly, what does this mean to me and why would I care? The “About your privacy” link is somewhat helpful, as it explains that the emails are not displayed and can only be used in searching. Still, I’m confused by the message. It was only displayed when I was looking at the profile editor for the first time.

If this is really something that the user should know, a “Read more…” would have been helpful here.