>What is the usual policy for dealing with addresses in a mailing list
>which bounce mail? Try to send a message by hand? Delete the address
>from the list after a grace period?
My policy depends on the type of bounce. If it's an invalid user
message, I send this message to the postmaster at the postmaster:
"Has this user been deleted from your system or is this a temporary
mailer glitch? This is mailing list traffic that has been successful
in the past, and I will remove this entry from the list if it's no
longer valid, but I've found that the majority of these bounces are
temporary mailer configuration problems."
I have a similar message that I send for multiple users at a site.
My experience is that about 80% of the bounces are temporary problems.
For bad user accounts at delphi.com and ix.netcom.com, I just delete
them immediately since their policy is not to ``release information''
about their customers so I don't waste my time.
We frequently see problems immediately after someone subscribes in
which our mailer can't talk to theirs for some reason or other
(timeouts, SMTP errors, etc.), and I immediately delete these since
there seems to be something basically wrong.
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