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Gmail keeps hanging on me sending an email to [email protected].

Does Gmail not like dashes in the "To:" field?

EDIT: In this case I finally got it to send when I opened the email to a large window, but I'd still like to know what's up. There's mention of punctuation causing problems in Gmail help, but no solutions (or even acknowledgement).

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    I am having the exact same problem right now! Google is refusing to accept/send an email that has dashes. It has happened before and I do think it is specific to gmail.
    – user9372
    Mar 12, 2011 at 22:26

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Dashes are valid in e-mail addresses.

It is very, very unlikely that it's the cause of your problems.

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I regularly post to mailing lists that have dashes in the name and have never had a problem. I've used both IE8 and Firefox.

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Can it be cache issue? Try to clear your browser's cache and see whether you still have the same problem.

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This would not be an issue for sending email from a Gmail account but if you're trying to send email to a Gmail account, including dashes in the email address will make it invalid.

For instance, if my email address is [email protected], attempting to send an email [email protected] will result in an Address not found response.

Note: Such is not the case with other characters like ., which can be included anywhere (e.g. [email protected]) or + which can be included at the end (e.g. [email protected]).

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