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Changing Email Addresses

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  1. WuLabsWuTecH

    WuLabsWuTecH Thread Starter

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    Hi all,

    I'm new around here, and I was hoping that you guys might be able to come up with a better solution for something I'm trying to do that is better than what my friends and I have come up with so far.

    I want to change email addresses (since the "old" or "current" address is one my school assigned, and I can now choose one that actually has my name in a recognizable form in it). The problem is that as soon as I pick out a new email address, my old email (let's say [email protected]) will no longer exist. There is also no option to forward messages, senders to that address will just get a "user does not exist message." Poor design, I know, but I have been told there is no way for IT to change this.

    So, my question is: what is the best way to ensure emails still reach me? Those in my institution who use the Exchange server will note my updated address if the look me up, and the default send email client for professors, major advisors, etc all do a lookup each time, but for those users who have me on their personal contact list, or who are not in my institution, is there a good way of not missing emails?

    Proposed solutions:

    1) Set up a temporary email ([email protected]) and tell people that is my email address for now. Then use [email protected] and [email protected] until there is no more (or at least no more important mail) coming to [email protected]. Then change to [email protected] and change emails again from [email protected] to [email protected].
    Pros: Smooth transition, won't miss emails, can keep temp email indefinitely even after the switch to the new email
    Cons: The Exchange server will not update, I'll have to wait a few months to get the new email up and running, all of my contacts will have to update my information twice

    2) Get the new email, and go through all of my emails and make a list of people I have emailed in the past year (or just hit reply and copy paste a default message to each reply) and email all of them about my address change.
    Pros: Quicker change to new address, do not have to switch addresses twice
    Cons: Possible missed emails, spam filters may catch my email since I will be sending it to many people

    Thoughts? Other ideas?
     
  2. srhoades

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    Pay $1.19, get your own domain from GoDaddy, and just migrate away from your school domain.
     
  3. DoubleHelix

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    Option 2 is really your only option. If the school won't forward messages, there's nothing you can do to work around that. You have to notify people of your new address.
     
  4. TerryNet

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    Switch to a "permanent" address for your non .edu contacts--srhoades's suggestion or gmail or hotmail, etc. And then option 2 for your school contacts.
     
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