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Mr. Scram:

--- Quote from: Berni on October 18, 2019, 05:40:33 pm ---This is the correct behavior for Gmail.

Even tho traditionally e-mail does not do this, but google has decided for some reason to ignore the . character in email addresses.

Basically g-mail does a replace "." with "" before looking at the email address, so if your email is john.smith@gmail.com you will receive any emails sent to johnsmith@gmail.com or j.ohnsmith@gmail.com or j.o.h.n.smith@gmail.com or john......smith@gmail.com ....

Why they have decided to do such a non standard thing i have no idea, but it does have useful applications. For example you can give some people a different email address by adding extra dots, allowing you to easily filter out there emails if they send you garbage. If a website has a limitation of one unique account per email address you can easily register another account by adding in a extra dot as all websites will take that as a new unique email address etc...

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Google does all kinds of non-standard things. It's Microsoft IE all over again and unfortunately Google has the leverage to cause a ruckus.

edy:
I'll give you a funny story.... It has to do with the fact that GMAIL doesn't care about the dots, and other services like PAYPAL do!!!!

So you can have an address like abcdefg@gmail.com. And to Gmail these would all be considered equivalent and end up in the same mailbox:

a.bcdefg@gmail.com
abc.defg@gmail.com
abcdef.g@gmail.com
ab.cd.efg@gmail.com
a.b.c.d.e.f.g@gmail.com

Not only do I get countless emails meant for other people (but that's nothing to do with the "dot" issue), but since PAYPAL and other sites DO CARE about the dot, you can open up multiple accounts and have verification emails sent to different forms of the Gmail address and they all look different to the other site.

I've got one lady who set up a PayPal account but is using my Gmail address (without any dots). I see all her purchases! PayPal should have NEVER allowed a secondary user to register the same email address for another account. That's the primary USER NAME!!!! But since it cares about the "dot", you can have multiple PayPal accounts all going to the same Gmail address. This may be useful for the individual user (perhaps the reason Google did this) but it is annoying when someone else does it to you.

I wanted a rude username:
Do a password reset on her account and go on a shopping spree.  ;)

Jeroen3:
You can make really interesting addresses.

magic:

--- Quote from: edy on November 04, 2019, 08:15:18 pm ---I've got one lady who set up a PayPal account but is using my Gmail address (without any dots). I see all her purchases! PayPal should have NEVER allowed a secondary user to register the same email address for another account.
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The problem is that companies that use email signup have no way of really knowing what kind of idiotic address coalescing schemes email providers like Google use. I mean, sure, they could handle the Google dots as a special exception because it is known, but there is no general way of knowing whether two addresses on some 3rd party server alias each other.

And of course people can still create accounts in your name if you don't have your own. The solution is always the same - use email recovery to lock them out if you are an ass or complain to the service which allowed such account without confirmation or try to contact the user if you think it's a mistake.

I know about people receiving confirmation emails to signup to social networks. Apparently spammers try to create accounts using email addresses scrapped from the Internet hoping that somebody will click confirm. Just send it to trash.

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And now I remember I also got somebody else's email once. Apparently it was meant to x.yyy@zzz.com but instead someone typed x.yyy@gmail.com. My address was xyyy@gmail.com and it went through. Moral of the story: Google is a bunch of morons with their special snowflake policies, as usual.

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