I'd like to think that was changed purposefully. I wouldn't rule out some of these newsgroups being used as a way to harvest addresses. This might have been an attempt to make that harder to do and thereby reduce the number of people whose addresses are being used in the worm attacks. Or not. I haven't had much experience with worms and even less with newsgroups. But why does it make it harder for you to use? That's the way my address appears all the time, or so I've been assured.