I know gmail has amazing spam filters, but even I wouldn't tempt fate like that.
I've had slashdot display my email address in clear text in every comment i've made here for years now. I've never received any mail to email@example.com (gmail lets you add a "+whatever" to your email), and i very rarely get a spam message in my inbox. These days, with so much email being spam, i don't think that being coy about your email address is really a valid strategy anymore. You've got to give it out to use it, and who knows what the heck the people you give it out to are doing with it?
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