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Why should I know the mail address of my contacts?

New member | Level 2

Dear guys,

could you please explain to me, why should I know the mail address of my friend whom I would like to share my photos of our common holiday?
Its 2019, I cannot believe that people knows each others mail addresses :D I would like to create just a link, which I can copy anywhere, and then they can see and add photos to my folder. 
But this option is not available, I can only create a view only link without mail addresses. 
Is there any explanation for that, or is jut a dinosaur-thing from Dropbox? 

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Re: Why should I know the mail address of my contacts?

Super User II

Dropbox isn't a social network. If you want to share something with someone, then you need to know where to send it. It's not a dinosaur-thing. It's simply how professional services function.

If you want people to be able to add files to a folder you've created, then you need to send them an invitation to join the folder. Like any other similar service, that's done via email.


Re: Why should I know the mail address of my contacts?

New member | Level 2
So you are saying this is because Dropbox is not a social network and the others do the same? slightly smiling face
I can decide with whom I would like to share a folder, and I dont think that mail address is the only way to do that. I dont really communicate with my friends via email, are you?
I havent got any problems with the email, I just missing other options.

Re: Why should I know the mail address of my contacts?

Super User II

If its a read/write folder they need then Dropbox needs to know what account to link that access to - hence the email.

If its read only access then send the shared link far and wide as an account isnt needed.


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