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Short e-mail addresses
Do we really have to write something before "@" sign?
itim




msg:695359
 1:51 pm on May 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

E-mail addresses contain two parts: one stands before "at" sign, another appears after it. First one is usefull when we need to point to some person or service withing a domain. As far as a person has its own domain (for example, gates.com), any characters before "@" are not necessary, and we could just write to @gates.com instead of typing gates@gates.com or bill@gates.com.

This idea is not far from omitting "www" from the address of some site.

 

digitalghost




msg:695360
 2:02 pm on May 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Assuming a domain would only ever need one email address would cause more problems than I care to think about before having the required pot of coffee. Changing the protocol worldwide would definitely save some work too huh? :)

itim




msg:695361
 2:22 pm on May 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

No doubt it is almost unable to make a reality. I meant an idea of superfluity only.

Marcia




msg:695362
 3:22 pm on May 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

>Changing the protocol worldwide

How about wildcard email addresses? Like *@yourdomain.com that would go to everybody.

<=== goes to put up coffee

bird




msg:695363
 4:02 pm on May 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

E-mail addresses are designed for point-to-point communication. If you want to drop anything that is sent to a domain into the same mail box, then that's your choice, and easy enough to implement. But I don't think that it would be a good idea for the e-mail addressing scheme to cater to this special case explicitly.

On the positive side, RFC 2822 doesn's say anything about the form of the user part of an address, thus <*@yourdomain.com> is indeed a valid address! Assuming that your local mail software can handle it, anyway... ;)

EliteWeb




msg:695364
 4:23 pm on May 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Setup the mail server for a catch all address, see if it gets to the recipient who is assigned to the address. I just tested it on my server - i emailed @hostname.com and it came to the users e-mail.

itim




msg:695365
 7:58 am on May 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

When I tried to enter @name.com into The Bat's address field, it changed it automatically to postmaster@name.com.

SmallTime




msg:695366
 9:21 am on May 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

I just use one letter before the @, on the same general theory.

Filipe




msg:695367
 8:21 pm on May 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

How about wildcard email addresses? Like *@yourdomain.com that would go to everybody.

I love our Admins.

miles




msg:695368
 8:32 pm on May 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

If you could do *@whatever.com or a more popular free email company you could spam the globe. Its a good safe guard against spammers.

mack




msg:695369
 9:19 pm on May 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

this would be great for catching emails that have a typo in the bit before the "@"

EliteWeb




msg:695370
 9:51 pm on May 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

Maybe my mail server is just sesky>? qmail - i sent mail to catch all and wammo its there :) doesnt show a e-mail address in the to: field when its blank like @hostname.com

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