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RoGeorge:
My gmail address has the form
word1.word2@gmail.com

Sometimes I find in my inbox emails destined for another address (without the "." character between word1 and word2)
word1word2@gmail.com

1. Anybody else with a similar problem?
2. Is this ignoring of "." an expected behavior?
3. Does this mean the recipient "word1word2" can read the emails of recipient "word1.word2", and vice-versa?

Black Phoenix:
It could happen that your email is on CC or BCC. Is something that typically is seen in Spam Emails, were all variations are on BCC.

sokoloff:
This is expected behavior. Gmail ignores dots. Said differently, in gmail, dots are decorative.

If you have word1word2, no one else can register a variant that differs only in dots.

https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7436150?hl=en

soldar:

--- Quote from: RoGeorge on October 18, 2019, 12:15:19 pm ---My gmail address has the form
word1.word2@gmail.com
--- End quote ---

Your real email is word1word2@gmail.com and you can put as many dots as you want anywhere and it won't make a dot of difference.

Berni:
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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