[ltp] OT: proper auto-responders

Frank Gevaerts linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Tue, 8 Dec 2009 23:22:19 +0100

On Tue, Dec 08, 2009 at 08:14:43PM -0200, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> It is well known (for more than 15 years!) that, when implementing
> "vacation"-style auto-responders, you MUST keep track of recipients, and you
> MUST send the auto-response only once per recipient per auto-reply.
> Sometimes a "per large time period" is also added.

You also must never autorespond to Precedence: bulk emails. This
particular setup seems intent on breaking every rule there is.

> If the auto-reply for Lotus notes does so for *every* message, without
> tracking recipients, it deserves being called a menace.



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