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Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 10:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Although - or should I say because? - I have no idea who they are, I sent them an e-mail today. What's going on?

"they" refers to only one person, "he/she".
Deholmes (Deholmes)
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Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 - 1:58 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

was this in response to an e-mail you received? Was it a scam?
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 - 11:17 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the email hoping to establish who they are?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 - 12:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

was this in response to an e-mail you received? no Was it a scam? no

Was the email hoping to establish who they are? yes
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 - 1:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Relevant how or where you found the email address? Was it presented in an intentionally mysterious way? Such as written on a dollar bill you received? Or was it written on something someone seemed to have lost? Did you contact them in order to let them know you'd found something?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 - 2:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Relevant how or where you found the email address? yope. Slight FA, investigate Was it presented in an intentionally mysterious way? noish Such as written on a dollar bill you received? no Or was it written on something someone seemed to have lost? no Did you contact them in order to let them know you'd found something? no
Deholmes (Deholmes)
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Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 6:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were they advertising a product, service, vote for me? promoting something?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 6:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were they advertising a product, service, vote for me? promoting something? no to all - I had not received an e-mail from them
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 8:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they contact you in any way before you sent the email?

Did you see their email address written somewhere? Did you hear of it from someone? Did you write the email without having come across the email address previously?

Did the email say, in effect, "who are you"? Did the email hope to achieve more than just finding out who they are?

Had they done something to annoy you? Anger you? Arouse your curiosity? Had you come across them in some way before sending the email?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 8:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they contact you in any way before you sent the email? no

Did you see their email address written somewhere? no Did you hear of it from someone? no Did you write the email without having come across the email address previously? yes, slight ish

Did the email say, in effect, "who are you"? yes Did the email hope to achieve more than just finding out who they are? no

Had they done something to annoy you? yope Anger you? no Arouse your curiosity? yes Had you come across them in some way before sending the email? no
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 9:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is Christmas relevant?
Did you have some way of knowing that the email address was a real one? Did they have the same name as you? Did you try to sign up for that email address and were told it was already taken? Did you want to find out who had registered an interesting email address?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 9:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is Christmas relevant? no
Did you have some way of knowing that the email address was a real one? yes Did they have the same name as you? yope, investigate Did you try to sign up for that email address and were told it was already taken? no Did you want to find out who had registered an interesting email address? no
Deholmes (Deholmes)
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Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 6:17 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did something in the e-mail address make you think of a relative or a friend?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 10:41 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did something in the e-mail address make you think of a relative or a friend? no
Gourami (Gourami)
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Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 2:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That's exactly what I was thinking, Enjay, because I've done it before...

Were you writing to one person? An organization? A company? A machine? Did you know?

Did you expect a certain response? Hope for a certain response? Were you seeing if you would get any response at all? Your email asked "who are you?"--might they respond with a name? A mission statement?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 8:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That's exactly what I was thinking, Enjay, because I've done it before...

Were you writing to one person? this An organization? A company? A machine? Did you know? {yes}

Did you expect a certain response? Just an answer to the question who they are Hope for a certain response? {no} Were you seeing if you would get any response at all? no Your email asked "who are you?"--might they respond with a name? yes A mission statement? no

Hi Gourami, nice to see you back!
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Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 9:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

did you click on "contact us" on their website?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 9:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

did you click on "contact us" on their website? {no}
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 10:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did someone email you by mistake? Or send you their email address by some other means, by mistake?

My girlfriend gets this all the time, she has a very common name and her email is in the form of firstname.lastname on a popular webmail service.
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 2:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did someone email you by mistake? no Or send you their email address by some other means, by mistake? no

My girlfriend gets this all the time, she has a very common name and her email is in the form of firstname.lastname on a popular webmail service. The same thing happens to my mum. She frequently gets e-mail addressed to a political science professor whom she shares her name with - everything from personal greetings to symposium invitations...
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Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You found a user on Facebook with exactly the same name you have and even you, or you were afraid, someone might be confused with the identity of you and him/her?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 12:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You found a user on Facebook with exactly the same name you have and even you, or you were afraid, someone might be confused with the identity of you and him/her? no

HINT: Find out what kind of e-mail address this was.
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 12:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it in the form of [name]@[domain].[whatever]? Was the first part a real name?

Was the domain an email provider, like gmail or hotmail? Was it a business address? A academic one?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 2:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it in the form of [name]@[domain].[whatever]? yope Was the first part a real name? yope

Was the domain an email provider, like gmail or hotmail? Was it a business address? no to these A academic one? yes!
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 2:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it a university address? If so, your university?
Did you want to find out who they were only out of curiosity? To solve some problem for yourself?
Did you think it possible that you had met the person whose email address it was? That you knew of them?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 2:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it a university address? If so, your university? yes to both
Did you want to find out who they were only out of curiosity? yesish, but why was I curious? To solve some problem for yourself? noish
Did you think it possible that you had met the person whose email address it was? That you knew of them? no to all
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 3:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The way my university email service works is that when you start entering an email address, it suggests email addresses, so you can email anyone in the university without having previously known their address. Is something like this relevant?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 9:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The way my university email service works is that when you start entering an email address, it suggests email addresses, so you can email anyone in the university without having previously known their address. That's pretty cool, but I guess it wouldn't be possible here in Germany because we have very strict data/privacy protection rules Is something like this relevant? so, no
Vene (Vene)
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Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 12:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they a student? Staff? Professor? TA?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 8:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they a student? this Staff? Professor? TA?
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Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 8:22 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Students sent an email to you and styled you as Professor or something like that and then asked you lots of academic questions or asked if you would like to have a new seminar, or something like that while you were not a professor at all or not professional in what they were asking?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 3:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Students sent an email to you and styled you as Professor or something like that and then asked you lots of academic questions or asked if you would like to have a new seminar, or something like that while you were not a professor at all or not professional in what they were asking? no, OTWT

Focus on the name issue.
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Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 4:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is your name similar to that of another student? Staff member? Professor?
Ditto for the other person?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012 - 12:07 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is your name similar to that of another student? probably - to the one I sent the e-mail to Staff member? Professor? no or irrel to these
Ditto for the other person? yes, they probably have a name similar to mine
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - 9:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

RECAP

I sent an e-mail to a student at my university in order to find out who they are. My name is probably similar to theirs, which aroused my curiosity.

HINT: Find out how the e-mail addresses at my university are structured. It's not [firstname].[lastname]@[university], but...
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does it contain firstname? Lastname? Only initials? A nickname? Something else? Does it have the university name in it?
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Monday, January 07, 2013 - 4:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Your name is probably similar to theirs...are you basing this guess on their email address? By comparing their email address to yours? Based on something more?

My university emails involve your 'username', which is a string of letters and numbers generated based on your name, subject studied and year of arrival. Anything like this relevant?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, January 07, 2013 - 4:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

does it contain firstname? parts of it Lastname? parts of it Only initials? more than that A nickname? no Something else? yes, but irrel Does it have the university name in it? only in the part after the @

Your name is probably similar to theirs...are you basing this guess on their email address? yes By comparing their email address to yours? yes Based on something more? there's a bit more than comparing e-mail addresses. Why would I do that in the first place?

My university emails involve your 'username', which is a string of letters and numbers generated based on your name, subject studied and year of arrival. Anything like this relevant? somewhat. Our first has an s for student, then the department number and then parts of your name, but only the name parts are relevant to the puzzle
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Posted on Monday, January 07, 2013 - 5:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did you come across their address anywhere? Were you able to predict that it would exist? Does your address have a 2 in it so you know there must be an address identical except with a 1? Anything like this?

Are the parts of the name which appear in the address identical to your name? To part of your name? If so, the part which appears in your address? If not identical, are they similar?
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Posted on Monday, January 07, 2013 - 5:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did you come across their address anywhere? no Were you able to predict that it would exist? yes! How so? Does your address have a 2 in it so you know there must be an address identical except with a 1? no, but definitely OTRT Anything like this? see previous answers

Are the parts of the name which appear in the address identical to your name? To part of your name? this If so, the part which appears in your address? no, but explore If not identical, are they similar? very!
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Posted on Monday, January 07, 2013 - 5:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it something like: normally the addresses use the first three letters of your name, but yours uses the last three letters, so you predict there must be someone with the same first three letters as you who took your email address first?

Could you predict this email address solely based on yours? Is there anything different about yours compared to the standard way of formatting?
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Posted on Monday, January 07, 2013 - 5:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it something like: normally the addresses use the first three letters of your name, but yours uses the last three letters, so you predict there must be someone with the same first three letters as you who took your email address first? YES!

Could you predict this email address solely based on yours? yes Is there anything different about yours compared to the standard way of formatting? yes - This is enough for me to declare the

********SPOILER********
Our university e-mail addresses usually use the first two letters of one's first name and the first four letters of one's last name. Mine, however, uses the first and the last letter of my first name, so I figured that there must be someone whose name is very similar to mine.

Being the curious person that I am, I wrote them an e-mail in order know who exactly they are, but they never replied...


Nice second solve in a row, Enjay!
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Posted on Monday, January 07, 2013 - 5:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks! Good puzzle!

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