I'm attempting to forward emails from gmail to a project managed by active.collab. All I need to do to accomplish this is forward my email to an address like [email protected].

This is not the actual email, but the key point is the "+" character. Gmail will let me send the email without issue, but when I look in my sent folder, I see that gmail actually sent this email to [email protected].

I'm guessing this relates to gmail's address alias feature. But I still can't actually get any email delivered to that address.

Does anyone have a suggestion for how I can get gmail to send to the exact email I want, or is this a gmail bug?

  • Does notifications%[email protected] work? Using % and two hex digits instead of a character is the usual way to circumvent parsing problems.
    – AFH
    Nov 13, 2015 at 0:01
  • Interesting idea! I'll try this and report back. Nov 13, 2015 at 0:26
  • Relay access denied, so this is a no go. Nov 13, 2015 at 0:27
  • I got different results depending on whether I was sending or receiving through Gmail, and I hoped it might work in your circumstances. Clearly not. Sorry it didn't work for you.
    – AFH
    Nov 13, 2015 at 1:42
  • I appreciate the suggestion! Nov 13, 2015 at 19:20

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Adding the '+' sign to an email address is just a variation of the same email address like the '.' in Gmail accounts.

My bet would be that The mail client is stripping it for display purposes but if you look at the header of the mail you will see that it was sent to the address you typed.

Most people do this for filtering purposes like registering an email of [email protected] and moving messages that match 'sent to' that address to the spam folder.

Be aware that some mail servers will reject this address format as 'Invalid Recipient' or something similar.

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    Good idea to check the original message! I did and I do see that the email is formatted correctly there. So I'll follow up with the active.collab folks. Nov 13, 2015 at 0:26

The issue was that active.collab hosted version does not yet support emailed data, even though they expose this feature in the UI. I've been told it should be added by end of November 2015.

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