>>>>> "LW" == Lynda Williams <lynda @
LW> What is the usual policy for dealing with addresses in a mailing list
LW> which bounce mail?
That depends on the nature of your list and how nice you want to be. With
a small list where I try to keep tabs on all of the members I do my best to
make certain that a user really is gone before I delete them, and I
generally ignore errors which I recognize as temporary (full mail spool or
bad mailer configuration at their site, etc.). On a big list I just nuke
any address that bounces two days in a row. I'm merciless for any address
that produces one of those useless bounces, like "Press F1 for help with
Under no circumstances do I ever keep an address that bounces due to an
unreachable host, as I queue outbound mail for a week; if I can't get to
the host for over a week I don't bother trying.
After a while you will probably come to recognize sites that have transient
problems; netcom.com often will drop a whole batch of addresses as
nonexistent for no reason, and many sites run close to the wire when it
comes to disk space.
Jason L. Tibbitts III - tibbs @
edu - 713/743-8684 - 221SR1
System Manager: University of Houston High Performance Computing Center
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