Some Gmail users report they are receiving mail from other people. The reason for this appears to be because Google's Gmail has problems with dots within usernames. For the mail server firstname.lastname@example.org is exactly the same as email@example.com.
After hearing about Ryan's misfortunes, we decided to try it out ourselves. It works (or doesn't, depending on your point of view) exactly as described. This Gmail "feature" routed mail we sent to different variations of our test account to the same inbox. At least Gmail respects the period when it comes to logging into Gmail accounts. That means eric.bangeman can't log into ericbangeman's account, even though he'll be getting some of his e-mail.
More details about this issue can be found at Ars Technica. They also report Google has added a new feature to Gmail, a delete button.
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Re: Google's Gmail flawed - the dot bug by Anonymous on Thursday, March 31 2011 @ 13:27:28 CEST
Besides that, if you own 'firstname.lastname@example.org' you can log in with 'email@example.com', 'firstname.lastname@example.org' or 'email@example.com'. It's a strange bug that exists for a very long time. I took over somebodies account this way by accident, and could read all of his e-mail, docs calender, whatever.