contact - Previously: GMail contact - misroute / security issue

Jay Ashworth jra at
Mon Sep 29 19:42:36 UTC 2014

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Grant Taylor" <gtaylor at>

> *sigh*
> So this is a non-RFC compliant ""feature.

Nope.  The LHS of an email address *is system defined*; no one outside of
the destination mailserver is permitted to make any assumptions about it.

RFC5322 3.4.1:

The local-part portion is a domain-dependent string.  In addresses,
it is simply interpreted on the particular host as a name of a
particular mailbox.

Note that using a "real name" as an email address is Not The Best Idea:

-- jra
Jay R. Ashworth                  Baylink                       jra at
Designer                     The Things I Think                       RFC 2100
Ashworth & Associates          2000 Land Rover DII
St Petersburg FL USA      BCP38: Ask For It By Name!           +1 727 647 1274

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