I know this may seem like a hassle but unfortunately this step is made necessary by a number of extremely dishonest individuals who scan sites using "email bots" to "mine" email addresses so that they can maliciously SPAM them. Because of this evil activity a number of webmasters have been forced to take the step of using email forms rather than email links or have actually discontinued email altogether!
If you recently put up a page with an email link and found that your formerly pristine mailbox is now getting a lot of SPAM,
this is why! But if you think this is the worst thing that can happen to you becasue of these monsters,
For more details see the SPAMMERS HALL OF SHAME.