[Mailman-Users] Investigating Bounces

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Mon Aug 23 19:57:54 CEST 2004

Ed Greenberg wrote:
>The bounce log contains only the list name, email address and the bounce 
>score. I can infer whether the bounce was hard or soft by whether the score 
>increased by 1.0 or 0.5. There is no way to tell if the bounce was "mailbox 
>full" or "no such user" or perhaps <horrors> my SMTP server was refused 
>because it's become blacklisted somewhere.  It's not even possible to tell 
>if the bounce came from the distant SMTP server or my local one.
>How do others deal with this situation?

I wait until the subscription is disabled at which time Mailman sends
me a copy of the bounce message.

I know this isn't necessarily the best solution. For example, the other
day on one list every (I think) AOL subscriber bounced one message and
only one. I'll probably never know why, but I've learned not to obsess
about it.

Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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