Talk:Email forwarding

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I was looking for a description of email forwarding as a way to explain to people on a web site how to avoid giving out their personal email addresses. (For reference I was writing this The web article - and comments would be welcome! )

I've always called it "email forwarding", as an analogy to "mail forwarding" which is the term in the UK for forwarding mail from one address to another (or is it?)

It is possible I'm not using a common terminology, or it is possible that Wikipedia doesn't have this article in which case I've made a start!Mike 09:59, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

OK, I've laid out the basis of an article - to be honest its pretty crap, but from previous experience I don't see the point wasting a lot of time on new articles because that way I haven't wasted as much of my time just to see them deleted.

I'll leave it just to see what kind of response it gets - and because I always find it best to reread what I write a little while later to see how much of it makes any sense! Mike 10:46, 20 April 2007 (UTC)


I suppose if I knew enough to write about email forwarding, I'd never have searched for it in the first place and not found an entry in Wikipedia. I've done enough to convince myself that there is a term, however, I'm not at all sure there may not be another terminology for what I am describing (although it does seem to fit with what Yahoo and Goodle describe as "forwarding")

I'm not sure about the term "redirecting" - is it different?

In fact I'm not at all sure about anything - all I know is I need to explain to people on a local community forum ( the reasons why they should not use their own emails when providing contacts for clubs, and suggesting that instead they use an "email forwarding" address like which forwards to their own address.

Mike 10:24, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

No, email forwarding is sufficiently distinct a term to get its own article I think. Redirecting applies more to URL redirection. Sancho 15:19, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Email addresses[edit]

Is it appropriate to include the names of real persons in this article? Would (etc) not be better? WindsorFan 20:22, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

Content and style[edit]

Giving an example of the use of a concept can help understanding. The example using UK Prime Ministers seems a little whimsical, but has the advantage of conveying a dash of realism without unduly intruding on privacy. How can we best exemplify typical usage of email-forwarding in the article? Do we have guidelines on contrived examples yet?

Generic indications of typical capabilities of email clients do not seem out of place in the article. Let's summarize them appropriately.

Switching from usages like "email" to "mail" may work in context, but if we encourage it we run the risk of semantic overflow into the world of Post Offices with parcels, envelopes and stamps...

-- Pedant17 03:19, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Some of the content seems to be more "one man's idea of how things ought to be." For instance, the junk on client-server. I simply disagree that the (perhaps by hind-sight, idk) labeling of server and client the listening socket and the connecting socket is forced. The point is, does it add to this discussion, or just irritate people needlessly? I think it is a really good discussion, but lacks discipline against grand standing. (Here, in the discussion, one can grand stand shamelessly.) Appreciating that the writer has generously gave his or her time to add to this, I think a mild edit for neutrality and direct relevance would be good. Ozga (talk) 18:19, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

I have to agree with Ozga about this. I do not feel knowledgeable enough on this subject to justify adding my casual opinions to the public side, but some parts seemed particularly casual/biased. For instance, this edit, which states, "However, annoying misconfigured vacation autoreplies do reach authors." seems very opinionated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gotanyjrmints (talkcontribs) 19:00, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

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