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Poll: E-mail delivery confidence

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / March 29, 2013 9:50 AM PDT
When you send an e-mail, how confident are you that it will reach the recipient?

-- Extremely confident.
-- Confident.
-- Somewhat confident.
-- Skeptical.
-- I have no faith in e-mails.

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Not sure IF people get the emails, without acknowledgement.
by celticgoddess / March 29, 2013 11:55 AM PDT

I send out many emails, when have something to say, mainly to family & friends. However, most of them do not even send an acknowledgement to say they'd received one. I find that emails are basically not too personal, & most folks tend to just quickly read them...& then delete them with no answer. It's rather frustrating. I go through my emails every day, & if my family member requests some kind of answer, I do it. But it's like sending messages out into the rarely do I get one in return.

Sooo...not really sure IF they are actually getting through, but feel that most correspondents are lax in answering. Thanks.

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It's basically like snail mail.
by bl14 / March 30, 2013 12:03 PM PDT

You can rely on e-mail the same way you can rely on regular first class mail in the US- somewhat. I had several cases that my e-mails were not delivered or that I did not receive e-mails directed to me. Whenever you sent out something what is really important, you have to double check.

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Request a receipt!
by ihfwt / March 31, 2013 1:05 AM PDT

When an email is really important to me (in Outlook POP account) I will Request a Delivery and Read receipt. Not all emails systems support Read Receipt but most support Delivery Receipt which confirms that your email was delivered to the recipients mailbox.

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email delivery reliability/confidence
by cnemo1 / April 1, 2013 8:31 AM PDT

If you sent an FYI, no reply is expected. If you send a question, you should
get a reply IF the receiver wants to reply. If you send email and receive a "blacklist"
bounce with "521 DNSRBL: Blocked for abuse." or something similar, it means
your email server is being used by a spammer, and the 'biggies' (e.g. att,gmail, earthlink,etc.)
notice this and block all email coming from your email server. So, you suffer until your
email provider can eliminate the spammer and make a 'peace offering' with the 'biggie'
to stop the blocking emails from your server. Some email recievers might accidently delete
your email. Your email might go into a NSA network 'black hole'.

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