[UA-discuss] interesting to note about emoji in mailbox name.

Jothan Frakes jothan at jothan.com
Fri Apr 12 21:05:35 UTC 2019

Worth being aware of. We all, I think, acknowledge that emoji activity or
evolution is outside the scope of our core activities here within UASG.

On Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 12:10 Charles 'chaals' (McCathie) Nevile <
chaals at yandex.ru> wrote:

> On Fri, 12 Apr 2019 20:29:27 +0200, Tex <textexin at xencraft.com> wrote:
> > If UASG were to recommend prohibiting emoji in mailbox names, are we
> > referring strictly to emoji or more generally graphical characters such
> > as wingdings and line drawing characters, etc.?
> >
> > We need to declare an explicit list of characters that should be avoided.
> A small detail - I think we rather should declare a whitelist of things
> that are acceptable.
> > As the argument against allowing emoji is largely based on
> > confusability, I would recommend the prohibition be worded to say they
> > should be avoided for now until such time as a sensible list of allowed
> > emoji can be provided.
> +1
> > There is sufficient demand that people will want to use certain emoji
> > and the solution would be to allow a list of useful emoji that are not
> > confusable.
> Indeed.
> > For example, a single heart emoji could be allowed so that people (or
> > corporations or other entities) could use I♥NYC without mistaking how
> to
> > enter or write it or confusing it with other similar looking characters.
> >
> > More generally, there needs to be a list of the characters that are
> > allowed or disallowed in mailbox names, as that list may need to be
> > different from domain names, and there are characters besides emoji
> that
> > may be confusable or problematic in mailboxes.
> Hmm. There is a core difference in assumptions here. For a domain, it is
> possible in principle for someone to register a different - but
> confusingly similar - domain.
> For an email address, the domain owner determines whether this problem
> can
> arise, and so the assumption is that they will fix it (unlike the
> assumption we make about domain registrars, in the parallel cases like
> Coremail, Yandex Mail, and so on).
> This needs thinking out, but "emoji are inferior to other characters and
> should not be used so that's the end of discussion" seems like an
> argument
> dangerously at odds with perceived reality.
> cheers
> Chaals
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