Email address syntax correction with MLW
This action corrects wrong e-mail address in a source file using unique algorithms. Action result example:
SRC 11: firstname.lastname@example.orgB NEW 11: email@example.com SRC 467: "Mr. Potter" <firstname.lastname@example.org"> NEW 467: "Mr. Potter" <email@example.com> SRC 724: "martyb" <firstname.lastname@example.org%20(train%20to%20trane)> NEW 724: "martyb" <email@example.com> SRC 733: "MAXOMENOS" <maxomenos@SPAM=DEATH.hushmail.com> NEW 733: "MAXOMENOS" <firstname.lastname@example.org> SRC 743: email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org NEW 743: email@example.com SRC 772: firstname.lastname@example.org NEW 772: email@example.com SRC 1263: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <//email@example.com> NEW 1263: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> SRC 2267: "Laurent Clevy" <firstname.lastname@example.org@subject=[ADF_FAQ]> NEW 2267: "Laurent Clevy" <email@example.com> SRC 2480: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <guylhem@LDP_NO_SPAM.metalab.unc.edu> NEW 2480: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org> SRC 3955: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com> NEW 3955: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> SRC 4083: firstname.lastname@example.org) NEW 4083: email@example.com SRC 4229: (firstname.lastname@example.org) NEW 4229: email@example.com SRC 11832: "Daniel Stenberg" <daniel_at_haxx.se> NEW 11832: "Daniel Stenberg" <firstname.lastname@example.org> SRC 13550: "email@example.com" <Lena%20Games> NEW 13550: "Lena Games" <firstname.lastname@example.org> SRC 19699: mailto:email@example.com NEW 19699: firstname.lastname@example.org SRC 19846: "JAMM <email@example.com>" <JAMM%20<firstname.lastname@example.org>> NEW 19846: "JAMM <email@example.com>" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We achieved 100% error correction in real text address lists we had. However, we suppose MLW to restore 95% of theoretically restorable addresses. Addresses are often written in exotic ways, e.g. (my)*(email)!(com) for spam-protection purposes. Intellect of our software cannot match human fantasy so far.
No correct address can be damaged by this action: MLW only attempts to correct incorrect addresses. The list of processed addresses is stored in the log as shown above. Each line starts with the three-letter code (SRC - source address; NEW - corrected address; INV - invalid address, recovery failed), followed by the address line number, colon, and the address proper.
The Wizard will also offer you the following options:
- Remove ?subject= from addresses. Nominally, providing message subject together with e-mail address is quite allowable, but in most mailing lists this is unnecessary.
- Add mailbox (user-defined) to domains with no mailbox. Some addresses in a list may be absolutely unrecoverable, e.g.:
NetSoap <netsoap.com> Jane Smith <http://www.jsmith.com> mycorp.net Sergio <mailto:sergio.com>
MLW cannot detect a mailbox if it is not contained in an address. If this option is disabled, all addresses of the kind will be considered invalid. If the option is enabled and a mailbox is defined (e.g. "info"), the addresses will be restored as follows:
NetSoap <email@example.com> Jane Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com Sergio <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Remove user-defined substring. MLW will attempt to remove the defined substring from all addresses in the list, both correct and incorrect ones (prior to the restore procedure). The string is case-sensitive (if you set it to "REMOVEIT", the substring "RemoveIt" won't be removed). The substring is searched for throughout the entire address line, including address owner name, if any.
- Recovery emails by known domains list. If this option is enabled, MLW will recovery emails without first-level domain like mike@hotmail, jane@aol to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. You can add any number of domains to domains list.
- Remove known 'REMOVEIT' substrings. This option may affect on valid emails. Addresses like mikeREMOVEIT@hotmail.com and jane@NOSPAMaol.com are syntactically correct and may exist. If this option is on, MLW will try to recovery such emails to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Verify emails by first-level domains list. It is the simple check procedure, it compare the first-level domain (e.g., '.com' for email@example.com) with all domains in list. But it helpful to remove 'antispam jokes' in mailing lists, like firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and so on. To quality emails verifing we recommend Advanced Maillist Verify.
- Remove unrestored addresses. If the option is disabled, an address which recovery failed would be written in the destination file unchanged.
The action upon a list of one million addresses takes 5 to 60 second on a machine with Intel Pentium III 933 MHz depending on the number of incorrect addresses in the list and on the recovery difficulty.
- Next operation: Filter emails by mask or by regular expression