Re: [SI-LIST] : Stopping Out of Office Auto Replys?

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From: D. C. Sessions (dc.sessions@vlsi.com)
Date: Thu Oct 28 1999 - 09:02:11 PDT


"Ingraham, Andrew" wrote:
>
> >Everytime I respond to an issue on the list, my inbox gets dumped on with a
> >bunch of Out of Office auto responses. Am I doing something wrong or is
> >eliminating my input the best recourse?
>
> I'm afraid there's not much you can do. You didn't do anything wrong. We
> are all getting the same junk.
>
> The best recourse is to put up with it and trash them, or to forward them
> all to the list maintainers and ask them to kindly remove the offending
> subscribers from the list. Eliminating your input is NOT a good solution.
>
> Some of these guys apparently set up their mail program to reply to EVERY
> mail message they receive, rather than just the first one from you. So if
> you send 20 messages during their vacation, they will send you 20 replies
> telling you they are on vacation.

IMHO these are a failure of the mail system so I forward them to the
postmaster of the originating domain (postmaster@foo.com) asking them
to deal with the problem. The users often don't have the ability to
change mail settings and when they do don't know how (which is why we
get these in the first place.)

Of course it's possible that the problem is either too much work or
even impossible for the mail admins given the client software that
they have chosen. In that case, they need to know the trouble that
their choice has caused, enabling better decisions in the future.

-- 
D. C. Sessions
dc.sessions@vlsi.com

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