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Why does my email address have a number in it?

Your email address is automatically generated, based on your name. If someone has already used that email address, then a number is added to the end to make a brand-new address for you.

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Why can’t I just choose my email address?

I still really don’t like my email address. Can I have a different one?

But I can see that the email address I want isn’t being used. Why can’t you just let me have it?