While I completely agree with excluding postal and e-mail addresses from published citations for privacy purposes, I have a hard time understanding the need to include a specific phrase, for example,
[ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE].
And I don't understand why we would want that phrase to be in small caps which tend to distract the reader. Maybe it is a holdover from my software design days where we often used all caps and square brackets to indicate a variable where the user should substitute real information for a placeholder name.
When I first read Evidence Explained I wondered if the phrase was included as a reminder to the researcher that she should have the detailed contact information in private files, but not publish it publicly. No one else seems to have interpreted this the same way (smile) as there are hundreds of citations online now using the exact phrases found in EE.
There must be some good reason for this phrase and for small caps that I haven't thought of yet. I tend to follow EE and can usually understand the whys behind the principles. I would like to know how others perceive the use of and need for this phrase in citations.