I had a request recently to edit a page that contained a list of contact addresses. For the record (and generaly speaking), Heidi and I don't actually do a lot of that for sites outside of our responsibility. When the requests come in though, we usually route the e-mail on to the maintainer of the site in question.
This time though, the request came with another question to consider. Wasn't it a 'rule' at Case to use the first.last e-mail naming convention, and shouldn't their department contact list be formatted this way? If it was in fact 'a rule', they certainly wanted to comply.
Previously, as many of you know the university used the three or four character CaseId login followed by cwru.edu, and before that po.cwru.edu. In other words, Sam Davis would use email@example.com as their address, rather than the firstname.lastname@example.org as is now recommended and widely used.
Now, let's be clear here, no one will be in trouble if they aren't adopting the new and preferred first.last at case.edu, but it makes good sense to do so. We recommend that you use this format not only for ease of use, 'look' or 'style', or even because it makes anyone more recognizable. Actually I would encourage others to use it because it serves a practical purpose; it protects the persons CaseID login from those who harvest that info from our pages. We sometimes forget about that.
So let me come right out and ask for the order... if you have not yet adopted the new firstname dot lastname at case dot edu, consider doing it. If you see your name on a Web site here at Case using the old style, let your maintainer know. It's not an *extreme* security risk, of course, but there's no reason to expose yourself to even a potential for abuse. After all, there's really no need for anyone outside the university to know what your CaseID (login) is, right?