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Subject: Re: AOL silently dropping mail again?
From: Tim Pierce <twp @ rootsweb . com>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 1999 01:07:30 -0400
To: list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM
Cc: byronl @ teleport . com
In-reply-to: <26638 . 940733747 @ monkeys . com>
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On Sat, Oct 23, 1999 at 07:55:47PM -0700, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:
> 
> It is a somewhat well known fact that if AOL identifies a given piece
> of incoming mail as being probable spam, they'll accept it and then
> just quietly route it to /dev/null with no bounce.
> 
> (According to them, they save a lot of bandwidth and processing power
> by simply dev/null'ing spam, rather than trying to bounce it.)

Yup.  If we try to bounce a spam, it just generates a double-bounce
to postmaster.  Dropping it on the floor saves us a lot of hassle.
Naturally, we don't want to do that unless we're about 100% sure that
it's spam.

-- 
Regards,
Tim Pierce
RootsWeb.com lead system admonsterator
and Chief Hacking Officer


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