Internationalized Email - saturday 2013-03-09 2139 last modified 2013-03-09 2140
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I wonder how long it will take to go from publishing this address to getting spam. That's part of the point, though. Here's a new email address you can use to reach me: 我@李思華.中国. Or you could, if your mail client supported internationalized email addresses. None of those I use regularly do (Thunderbird, Gmail). I'm curious whether spammers have become earlier adopters than the rest of the Internet, or maybe more accurately how many of them are and how quickly those will find me. I suspect lower-level mail sending software is more up to speed on potential ways to remind you of your need for L!pit0r and Nigerian bank accounts. It's not exactly a new technology, though they are still working on making the recipient part expand past the characters Americans can normally type.

I'll follow up later on who finds me and how long it took.


Partially worked for me...

I use pine (or rather alpine, partly for licensing, though it has newer features than pine as well), and it was fine with the email address, and delivered it to postfix, but postfix couldn't handle it, and choked on the address, saying that ???@???.??? wasn't valid.

Jon Daley on March 18, 2013 01:09 AM


I'm liable to believe that's still pine's fault; what it should be doing is translating the Unicode characters to punycode for internationalized domain name compliance. The error message's failure to display the punycode instead of Unicode characters indicates pine probably didn't do that.

mutt seems to handle sending to that address without problems.

Ryan Lee on March 18, 2013 06:24 AM

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