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What are the common problems when participants upload email addresses?

These are some of the common problems that participants may experience when uploading email addresses into their Pledge-a-thon participant account.

  1. The file failed to upload:
    • Your import will fail if your file is not in a .csv file format. Check to make sure that your file is not an Excel (.xls) format, in which case you should save it as a .csv file instead.
    • Your file must include a header row with the column header name (e.g. First Name, Last Name, Email).
    • The system will stop uploading a file, once it reads too many lines without valid data, such as a valid email address. This is to protect your account from uploading a corrupt file. Therefore, try sorting your data by the email column, and remove any rows without valid email addresses which will be grouped together after sorting.
    • Each row must contain either a first or last name.
    • Each row must contain a properly formatted email address without any apostrophes, extra characters or spaces.
    • Save your file with a maximum of 2,000 emails, as the system will not let you upload more.  This is to prevent the system being used for spamming purposes.
  2. Several email addresses from the CSV file were not uploaded:
    • Check to make sure these addresses are well formed.
    • Each row must contain either a first or last name.
    • Each row must contain a properly formatted email address without any apostrophes, extra characters or spaces.
      • You can easily delete the rows without email addresses by sorting the data by the Email Address column and deleting all the rows without email addresses which will be grouped together at the bottom of the list.
      • If you file includes extra characters in the email addresses, you can easily delete these extra characters using the Search/Replace function within Excel. Just enter the extra character (such as ") in the Find what field, leave the Replace with field blank, and click Replace All. Repeat the process to remove any apostrophes [‘], the quotes [“], the question marks [?] and any other illegal character that should be removed.
      • If there are any duplicate emails, try to remove all of these duplications. These are easier to spot once you have sorted the data by email address.
    • There is a limit of 2,000 email addresses that a participant can upload to their account. This is to prevent the system being used for spamming purposes.
    • The system will stop the file importing process if there are too many rows without valid data, such as a valid email address. This is to protect your account from uploading a corrupt file. To fix: sort the list by email address (using the Sort function in Excel), delete all rows without valid email addresses, save the file, and try the upload again. Duplicate emails will not be uploaded twice.
  3. Error 910:
    • Relates to an "illegal character in the email address". This could be caused by an additional space, punctuation, or other character in the middle of the email addresses that were unsuccessfully uploaded.
    • To fix: Review the .csv import file, modify all emails which were not successfully imported, and try again. Duplicate emails will not be uploaded twice.

Contact support@gifttool.com if these tips do not resolve the issue.




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