From: John Weigle
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 15:31:37 -0800
To: VCS Editorial Group
Subject: E-mail addresses
We're getting some very strange e-mail addresses in stories (i.e., jweigle//www.venturacountystar.com).
No matter what a source might say, that won't work. The form has to be, using the same sample as above, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's the introduction to the Wikipedia article on the subject:
"An e-mail address identifies a location to which e-mail messages can be delivered. The word e-ddress is also used as the formal pre-registered authoritative electronic mailing delivery site for an individual (example: an attorney's e-mail address registered for delivery of proof of service digital copies of legal pleadings).
A modern Internet e-mail address (using SMTP or Usenet) is a string of the form email@example.com. It should be read as "jsmith at example dot com."
The part before the @ sign is the local-part of the address, often the username of the recipient, and the part after the @ sign is the domain-part, which may be a host name or domain name which can be looked up in the Domain Name System to find the mail transfer agent or Mail eXchangers (MXs) accepting e-mail for that address."
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