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Apr 30 / Geoffrey Nathan

Stop being a license plate

Why be this: Michigan License Plate

when you could be yourself?

Many of my colleagues (42% of faculty, 45% of staff) have set their ‘Preferred Email Address’ to be their AccessID. While the XY1234 format may be familiar to you, it’s not to those you email, and it brings mystery and adventure to the act of replying to messages. Especially when your correspondent does ‘reply all’. Either they are careful and spend time looking up each AccessID or they are careless and include someone they shouldn’t, leading to possible reprisals, embarrassment, or just plain annoyance. So this is an encouragement to switch your preferred email address to either your own chosen address (mine, for example, is or the automatically-generated first.lastname format (mine is

It’s not hard to do, either. To set a custom email address go here, and to set your firstname.lastname as your preferred email address, go here.

The only extra work involved would be cases where you are subscribed to a listserv–you need either to add your other address as a subscriber (you can set one of them to NOMAIL) or you can set up Wayne Connect to have two personas, so that it keeps track of both addresses for you and it’s easy to switch back and forth between them. Instructions are here.




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  1. Trevor Richards / Apr 30 2013

    Hi Geoff.

    My primary persona in Wayne Connect already has my name in it – see – so I am confused. Doesn’t the default persona put my name and access id on the From line of email messages I send? If not, then what does the first field of the persona get used for?

    • Geoffrey Nathan / Apr 30 2013

      Not all instances fill in the name. I’ll do some further research and post back on this.

  2. Elaine Driker / Apr 30 2013

    Hi, Geoff …

    Just followed your instructions and the “from” line on my emails is still showing up with my numeric email address. What next?


    • Geoffrey Nathan / May 4 2013

      My latest blog now has detailed instructions on how to do this.

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