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The assertion that the first email was sent in 1993 is wrong. The UK's Joint Academic Network (JANET) implemented email in the early 1980s. It permitted researchers and students to communicate between universities and other institutions on the .ac.uk and .gov.uk domains. The addresses were big-endian (vs. little-endian as used today). I regularly sent emails to and received emails from students at other universities in 1984. It was a true email system based on the definition given in this article.
The first email to be sent was by Ray Tomlinson in 1971.
Please amend the article with appropriate links to indicate the use of email more than two decades earlier than the claimed year given in reference 2.
As I read the article, the claim in the lede is that 1993 marked the year the term "e-mail" was used. The year is never referenced again. And (below), that 1971 was the year the first ARPANET email was sent. And 1965, the first host-based email system. Barte (talk) 15:39, 19 January 2016 (UTC)
Updated article to remove the incorrect implication that email existed only since 1993 - it seems to be just the spelling/phrase/popularity they're referring to. Drpixie (talk) 02:20, 5 May 2016 (UTC)
Sorry, but no way am I, a man with a First in English Language and Literature from none other than Cambridge many years ago when the language was spoken properly, going to drop the hyphen when writing "email". It is poor sloppy English and we shouldn't be doing things just because the uneducated masses are doing so. I know that in 2016, not everyone who does not use the hyphen is from uneducated pool of imbeciles this group but it is a sad fact that these simpletons have aspired to emulate them. I want to start a new discussion so as to avoid any conflict elsewhere (including that in which I have been involved since yesterday), with the hope of amending Manual of Style policy over "email", effectively making it e-mail as is prescribed by pedants. The best place to launch this campaign is here at this very talk. So, without further time-wasting let's get the ball rolling, I want to hear people's views and remember this is 2016, I am not worried about a decision that was made "a long time ago", that's the excuse allied war criminals use when questioned over how come they were never tried for their atrocities during World War II. Comments please! Yours faithfully. Henry Mazzer (talk) 17:43, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
Oppose - keep article at "email". Good argument Henry Mazzer, but it aint gotta be gooood Ennglish here! What most of us "uneducated" write should be good enuff. Dig? Reggie Wisecrack (talk) 17:52, 17 April 2016 (UTC)