["Broadfoot, Kieran J" <Kieran.Broadfoot@gs.com>] Out of Office AutoReply: Are apostrophes valid in an email addres s?

Tara Andrews chrysaphi at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 19:55:33 GMT 2006

Damn, I meant to send this exchange to the list, not to Randal personally.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tara Andrews <chrysaphi at gmail.com>
Date: Feb 15, 2006 7:54 PM
Subject: Re: ["Broadfoot, Kieran J" <Kieran.Broadfoot at gs.com>] Out of
Office AutoReply: Are apostrophes valid in an email addres s?
To: "Randal L. Schwartz" <merlyn at stonehenge.com>

On 15 Feb 2006 11:43:53 -0800, Randal L. Schwartz <merlyn at stonehenge.com> wrote:
> >>>>> "Tara" == Tara Andrews <chrysaphi at gmail.com> writes:
> Tara> "Oh right, this company uses a mail client with a broken
> Tara> autoresponder, due to legal requirements imposed on the industry.  I'd
> Tara> better uproot my entire life then.  Didn't need that salary."
> I can't imagine a *law* that says "you must have an email responder that
> deliberately annoys people sending mail not even directed to you, but
> merely from a mailing list".

I used a rhetorical shortcut.

Legal requirements state that all mail correspondence to & from
employees at work be provably retained.  Thus, no outside mail
accounts.  Oddly enough, the "bad programmers" who were actually
willing to provide such a solution, and one that met the other needs
of my company (e.g. calendaring), built it on Exchange, usable with
Outlook.  Why is that?  I don't know.  Why has there never been a good
free-software calendaring solution at all?  The two are probably

The execs at the company don't give a shit what the autoresponders do.
 Why should they?  The rest of us put up with it, because the job is
good and the pay is good.


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