moderated Re: Messages to +owner being wrongly routed to the whole group
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GMAIL also ignores “+” and almost all special symbols. (it didn’t used to), but if moderators, one of whom is on BTINTERNET try and use this to chat to each other , then the results are disastrous.
As for the web interface, well many people have a mobile phone as well which uses IMAP/SMPTP so perhaps not as rare as you think
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of Mark Fletcher
Sent: 26 September 2019 01:07
Subject: Re: [beta] Messages to +owner being wrongly routed to the whole group
Late replying to this.
I'm wary (used it right this time Shal!) of changing this, especially to a period. It's not like periods aren't interpreted differently by different mail servers. Gmail, for example, ignores all periods in email addresses. Next time you send an email to a friend with a gmail account, feel free to sprinkle some periods in the left side of their email address. Note that we do not ignore periods, even for Gmail accounts. If I had to do it over, I'd probably special case this to handle it, but it seems to only confuse people a few times a year.