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Short e-mail addresses

Do we really have to write something before "@" sign?

   
1:51 pm on May 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

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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.

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

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

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No doubt it is almost unable to make a reality. I meant an idea of superfluity only.
3:22 pm on May 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>Changing the protocol worldwide

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

<=== goes to put up coffee

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

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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... ;)

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

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

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When I tried to enter @name.com into The Bat's address field, it changed it automatically to postmaster@name.com.
9:21 am on May 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I just use one letter before the @, on the same general theory.
8:21 pm on May 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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

I love our Admins.

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

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

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this would be great for catching emails that have a typo in the bit before the "@"
9:51 pm on May 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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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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