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carlsson
January 23rd, 2006, 01:16 PM
Although I normally don't require e-mail receipt from the receiver, sometimes it is a good (but a bit proprietary) feature. For example if you send out a bulk mail to a lot of relevant parties, and want to see if they at least read your message. Often you get a response "deleted without read" which is fine, in the times of spam.

You would expect to get these receipts within a few days, maybe a week depending on when you sent it. Today I received a receipt for a message sent in March 2005. In other words: it took 10 months for the recipient to read her mail and delete the message. I guess that party has other means of contact other than e-mail, or she has kept the message untouched all the time until now when the beginning of year e-mail clean-up session occurs.

CP/M User
January 24th, 2006, 11:19 PM
"carlsson" wrote:

-> Although I normally don't require e-mail receipt from the receiver,
-> sometimes it is a good (but a bit proprietary) feature. For example if
-> you send out a bulk mail to a lot of relevant parties, and want to see if
-> they at least read your message. Often you get a response "deleted
-> without read" which is fine, in the times of spam.

-> You would expect to get these receipts within a few days, maybe a
-> week depending on when you sent it. Today I received a receipt for a
-> message sent in March 2005. In other words: it took 10 months for the
-> recipient to read her mail and delete the message. I guess that party
-> has other means of contact other than e-mail, or she has kept the
-> message untouched all the time until now when the beginning of year
-> e-mail clean-up session occurs.

Sorry mate, but I don't understand. I'm not even sure if this is mean't to
be a Rant or just generally.

But the delays I have from e-mails generally seem to be with certain
contacts I have. I thought perhaps there was some 'net conspiracy where
rival ISPs companies get the delay treatment. Does that make sense?

Other people I know who work for big companies, usually get the delay in
their e-mails too, this is usually where every e-mail going out (usually
with some network firewall system) gets checked - to avoid spreading
dirty stuff & viruses.

CP/M User.

Vlad
January 25th, 2006, 06:13 AM
E-mail has to be routed just like every thing else. So it could be any number of things creating a delay. Usually its just a unusually busy Exchange server. Or it could have to be rerouted a different (usually longer) way due to an Exchanger being down for servicing. It also depends on line conditions, traffic usage, ect.........

Terry Yager
January 25th, 2006, 09:52 AM
I usually delete my spam on a daily basis, but I know Sheila just ignores hers until she starts getting messages from the ISP that her inbox is full, then she goes on a mass-deletion campaign. 10-month-old unread spam is not out of the question for her.

--T

CP/M User
January 25th, 2006, 11:30 AM
"vlad" wrote:

-> E-mail has to be routed just like every thing else. So it could be any
-> number of things creating a delay. Usually its just a unusually busy
-> Exchange server. Or it could have to be rerouted a different (usually
-> longer) way due to an Exchanger being down for servicing. It also
-> depends on line conditions, traffic usage, ect.........

Yes, though what I've been refering to has been a lot more consistant.
Friends of mine probably -do- have constantly busy Exchange server,
though they also belong to riviliary telephone companies (which provide
internet), which means at times where they might of sent something, you
simply don't recieve it at all - or wait weeks a month from when it was
sent to recieve it. In the extreme case it's much slower than snail mail.