Re: Why I Am Not Switching to Verizon

I thought the alphanumeric requirement was part of the

> standard.

From the wikipedia (which is far easier to read than the RFCs):

According to RFC 2822, the local-part of the address may use any of > these ASCII characters: > * Uppercase and lowercase letters (case sensitive) > * The digits 0 through 9 > * The characters ! # $ % & ' * + - / = ? ^ _ ` { | } ~ > * The character . provided that it is not the first or last > character in the local-part. > You're going to have a difficult time receiving email if your address > includes non-alphanumeric characters.

Institutions that use a "firstname lastname" formula often use a dot. It is true that occasionally some brain-dead tech forgets to provide for the non-alphameric characters (I run into that maybe once a year). And case sensitivity is discouraged because sometimes it breaks things (including human memory).


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