[linux-elitists] AOL says goodbye to AT&T/Comcast and residential mail spools
Mon Apr 14 08:47:42 PDT 2003
Quoting Shawn McMahon (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> I faced this problem for all of five minutes,
> because I didn't irrationally refuse to use a smarthost.
Disadvantages have already been noted. It's very common for bandwidth
providers' MTAs to impose:
o Very low maximum size limits
o Unpredictable delivery times that may be sometimes in _months_ rather
than seconds, if not just silently dropping the mail on the floor.
o Refusal to process outbound mail with a From domain differing from
the bandwidth provider's own mail.
o Failures to respect various RFCs (as, for example, aol.com does).
o Censorship on content.
o And all of the above may come and go without notice.
I do my own mail delivery largely in order to avoid such things, and
to keep my mail service deterministic. I.e., I _like_ knowing whether
my mail actually got delivered or not. So, I think Aaron, Karsten, et
al. have made an excellent point.
Cheers, I've been suffering death by PowerPoint, recently.
Rick Moen -- Huw Davies
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