GMail implements “plus addresses”

I had the opportunity to join GMail [beta]. My first piece of feedback to them was a request for user-defined recipient sub-addresses (e.g. using the sendmail “username+anything@domain” convention. Having that available for recipient filtering is more reliable than trying to parse numerous styles of correspondence (some list software inserts List-ID, some doesn’t, etc).

It turns out that GMail already implements the sendmail ‘+’ convention.
It works, but as far as I can tell, it’s not documented anywhere — or at least I didn’t think of the right search terms for it.

I hope that this creates new incentives for web sites and other email addressing processing software to
stop violating RFC2822 by excessively restricting the character set of email addresses.

P.S. If anyone else wants to try GMail [beta] also,
let me know;
I now have a ration of invitations too.

One Comment

  1. Could be because they are using sendmail and just simply have the feature on for some reason.

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