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March 5, 2013 5:50 PM   Subscribe

Sorry, that username is already taken
posted by silby (48 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Gmail doesn't allow the word "fuck" in email addresses, but instead of saying so they say it's taken when it's not. Notice that in the cases where the person's desired email address doesn't contain "fuck" and Gmail says it's taken, they also suggest another version of the one that's taken with a number attached.
posted by orange swan at 5:57 PM on March 5, 2013 [17 favorites]


Which means someone actually does have the address waterworldrules.
posted by fshgrl at 6:00 PM on March 5, 2013 [13 favorites]


factual error: no one misses hotmail
posted by ninjew at 6:00 PM on March 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


It's a big world
posted by mattoxic at 6:02 PM on March 5, 2013


Which means someone actually does have the address waterworldrules.

What's to say someone didn't register that name just so they could fail at registering it again for this tumblr?
posted by Sys Rq at 6:03 PM on March 5, 2013 [9 favorites]


Which brings up the question: if you have a very common username (say "john.smith") what will happen to it after you die?
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 6:04 PM on March 5, 2013


"ggggggmmmmmmaaaaaaiiiiiillllll" gives the same response as one containing fuck, implying it is also an unacceptable string. Too many repeated characters?
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:05 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


lookatmytumblrbookdealplz@gmail.com is also taken!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:12 PM on March 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


Yeah, they appear to have some sort of offensive-word filter installed. I failed to sign up for "e0ffd166860411e294scunthorpe"…
posted by jepler at 6:26 PM on March 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


icallshenanigans@gmail.com
posted by cjorgensen at 6:26 PM on March 5, 2013 [7 favorites]


that's fucked up. hopefully occasional profanity is allowed on this forum.
posted by superuser at 6:34 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sorry, we keep it civil on this forum at all times.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:50 PM on March 5, 2013


Fuckin' A right we do.
posted by cortex at 6:52 PM on March 5, 2013 [18 favorites]


"Your e-mail ID is benstillerfaggot69@verizon.net?"
posted by vidur at 6:57 PM on March 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


what will happen to it after you die?

Google accounts don't disappear with inactivity, as far as I know. Unless google folds or reworks how gmail works it's yours in perpetuity. At this rate our grandchildren will have very long email addresses.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 6:59 PM on March 5, 2013


well justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow, if you don't consider your own handle "very long", there are more than a googol of alphanumeric email addresses of the same length! So your grandchildren will be just fine.
posted by silby at 7:02 PM on March 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


It wasn't taken!

Fuck yeah.
posted by occasional profanity is allowed on this forum at 7:03 PM on March 5, 2013 [38 favorites]


I'd like to think we'll have moved beyond email (or at least gmail) by the time my grandchildren are around.
posted by mokin at 7:06 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


On this forum the occasional profanity of occasional profanity is allowed on this forum is allowed on this forum, so long as it remains occasional.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 7:10 PM on March 5, 2013 [7 favorites]


I was trying to put some training videos up on youtube for work last week and wanted to create a gmail account for that purpose. So, I tried multiple versions of support.x@gmail.com, where x is my company (not my real company, but standing in for my company in this example). Everything was "already taken". Anything that had "support" in it was "taken". Clearly an attempt to enforce the no pseudonyms rule.
posted by TheShadowKnows at 7:14 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah Google seems to have dropped the word "don't" from their motto about 3 years ago.

I became localroger because I spent 6 hours back when Microsoft didn't own Hotmail yet (or had just acquired) and they only had 80 million subscribers trying to come up with something that included my first name, at most one other normal word, and no arbitrary numbers. Since I have really been referred to as "the local Roger" a few times IRL I considered it a big win when it was available.
posted by localroger at 7:24 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is it ok if my occasion for profanity on this forum is generally "I am writing a post on this forum"?
posted by brennen at 7:38 PM on March 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Shit, I think I forgot something.
posted by brennen at 7:39 PM on March 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


Makes me grateful I got in early enough to get my own name.
posted by dgaicun at 8:16 PM on March 5, 2013


Is it ok if my occasion for profanity on this forum is generally "I am writing a post on this forum"?

I'm sorry, we only accept Occasions. Tails preferable, tie required.
posted by Lemurrhea at 8:50 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I remember when GMail first came out my brother was grabbing anything he thought was cool or lucrative. I got professional and just got my first name.

My preferred alias online are always taken.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 9:21 PM on March 5, 2013


localroger: until right now I've thought your name was lolcatroger. Sorry!
posted by Iteki at 9:40 PM on March 5, 2013


But what if my name really is Fuckface McGee?
posted by mazola at 9:41 PM on March 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


mazola: "But what if my name really is Fuckface McGee?"

You're fucked and your parents are mean.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:43 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


when GMail first came out my brother was grabbing anything he thought was cool or lucrative.

I'm curious how much he sold those lucrative addresses for? ;)
posted by mrgrimm at 10:05 PM on March 5, 2013


I *really* tried to get an early invite to GMail to get myfirstname.mylastname@gmail.com but I didn't get in early enough, some software mope grabbed it fast. (How do I know who got it? Well I emailed him, of course, and he wrote back and told me how he'd gotten in early, that dirty dog.) I do have myfirstname_mylastname@hotmail.com and have had it since well before MS bought them; a guy in our office found out about it and it ran like wildfire through our IT dept.

I know that Hotmail isn't all super-cool or whatever but I like that I've had that same address since 1996 or whenever it was. If I ever was to change personal email address I always thought "Hey, I'll just go and buy www.myfirstnamelastname.com and use that for email" but it seems I moved too slowly on that, too -- some tall, skinny, long-haired, lank-haired, LA singer-songwriter, a good-looking kid in his silver and denim, and nice music, too -- well, this kid shares my name, and it seems he grabbed the domain, and he's got a nice site up, and it's a better use than I'd give that domain so what the hey...
posted by dancestoblue at 10:45 PM on March 5, 2013


what will happen to it after you die?

As far as I can tell, it lives on. My best friend died several years ago. He had an early gmail account. Around the fifth anniversary of his death while in a particularly bad way I managed to hack into the long dormant account. It was brimming with cruft from various things he'd signed up for. As far as google knows he's still a user because he still gets email.

...yes, reader, I looked at some of his exchanges from when he was alive and yes I'm still ashamed about it. So it goes.
posted by Doleful Creature at 12:52 AM on March 6, 2013


what will happen to it after you die?

My grandchildren will use it to take out huge loans in my name and then direct all correspondence to the crematorium.
posted by Segundus at 12:55 AM on March 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


At this rate our grandchildren will have very long email addresses.

Not that I have any descendants, but I'm planning to include my (relatively simple, first letter of first name + six letters of last name) gmail address in my will. Between the internecine squabbling about who gets it, the family secrets revealed by digging in the endless pile of data and the mysterious strangers from the past that don't know I am dead and try to contact me, I expect the film rights to be pure gold.
posted by Dr Dracator at 12:58 AM on March 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Anything that had "support" in it was "taken". Clearly an attempt to enforce the no pseudonyms rule.

Seems to me that they're blocking words like "support" and established company names to avoid phishing accounts.

From: blizzardtechsupport@gmail.com
Subj: YOU'RE ACCOUNT IS TO BE GETTING CANCELLED
posted by Spatch at 1:12 AM on March 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


> I *really* tried to get an early invite to GMail to get myfirstname.mylastname@gmail.com but I didn't get in early enough

Google treats capitalization, dots, and dashes as ignorable, so you can't create a variation likebecause myfirstnamemylastname@gmail.com will get mail sent to those addresses too.

(Bonus annoying fun fact: If you registered as m.y.f.i.r.s.t.n.a.m.e.m.y.l.a.s.t.n.a.m.e, the punctuation is still required when you log in, even if you can receive mail sent to myfirstnamemylastname@gmail.com -- unless Google recently relaxed that restriction, which would be nice, because I'm tired of having an account with punctuation in it.)
posted by ardgedee at 4:31 AM on March 6, 2013


In high-school my e-mail was illb6ifullb9@hotmail.com

True story.
posted by Fizz at 7:05 AM on March 6, 2013


Makes me grateful I got in early enough to get my own name.

I have a fairly common name and I'm mostly happy about having gotten my name as a Gmail address too, except when other people with my name cluelessly forget the suffixed numbers when they sign up for web site accounts and so I get their confirmation request email and then the reminders they haven't responded to the first confirmation request, etc., or when their relatives and friends forget the numbers and I get sometimes embarrassingly personal email from people I don't know. Each of these happens fairly often.
posted by aught at 7:53 AM on March 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow: At this rate our grandchildren will have very long email addresses.
At least nine letters long!
posted by IAmBroom at 9:34 AM on March 6, 2013


localroger: Yeah Google seems to have dropped the word "don't" from their motto about 3 years ago.
Hyperbole much?
posted by IAmBroom at 9:37 AM on March 6, 2013


Clearly an attempt to enforce the no pseudonyms rule.

What about no-stupid-phishers rule? I imagine "support---" addresses would get better response rates in fishing for usernames and passwords.
posted by whatzit at 11:28 AM on March 6, 2013


what will happen to it after you die?

Semi-related story: I had a friend who died in a freak accident in 2010. We had something of a complicated history, as our friendship ended on a very sour note, and he died a few months afterward.

He was a man of few words as is, but he had recently deleted his LiveJournal and Myspace (security clearance stuff I think), and we were no longer friends on Facebook, so the only thing 'left' of him online was his Google Buzz page. Even there, there wasn't a lot, save for reposted articles from his Reader, and the rare post where he actually expressed something.

It became really hard to look at when every post ended with
"Chris is not available to chat"
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 11:50 AM on March 6, 2013


Jinx!

Just before reading this I wrote "Breitbart Simpson" in my wordlist file for possible illustration someday.

Maybe.

posted by mmrtnt at 12:30 PM on March 6, 2013


> Not that I have any descendants, but I'm planning to include my (relatively simple, first letter of first name + six letters of last name) gmail address in my will

Mr. Corpse is planning on leaving his Rocketmail account to our son, who has the same name as him.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:29 AM on March 7, 2013


In a similar vein, I'm planning to name my first kid "bongmonster69".
posted by cortex at 11:31 AM on March 7, 2013 [5 favorites]


The people who made those original accounts must be pretty interesting, but I guess there is no way to contact them to hear their stories.
posted by BentFranklin at 2:54 PM on March 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


I was once michaels@hotmail.com
The combination of common name and the number of early semi-competent email users (Michael Smith said he was on hotmail, I'll just try michael@hotmail.com, nope, michaels maybe?") meant I started getting dozens, then hundreds of legitimate messages for other Michaels every day.
The other Michaels weren't too sure of their email addresses either, and my address was subscribed to all sorts of mailing lists and things.
It rapidly became unusable, and since it was all legitimate email, correctly addressed to me but intended for another it couldn't be blocked by a spam filter etc.
I stopped checking the account after a while, I think I had only used it for a couple of lists anyway, and the last time I tried it had deleted me for inactivity.
In much the same way, I have used billg@microsoft.com since about 1994 whenever I need to enter an email address for a site I don't want mail from. It used to make me feel nice that he had to change his address back when he was the enemy of the internet.
posted by bystander at 11:09 PM on March 7, 2013


localroger: "Yeah Google seems to have dropped the word "don't" from their motto about 3 years ago."

For some reason, I was under the impression that Google's motto was "Do no evil", so I was parsing your comment as saying that 3 years ago, their motto was "Don't do no evil".
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