it depends on the context, some domain registrars check the deliverability
of an e-mail address before registering domains where a contact or
maintainer is listed on the registration.
the ability to check deliverability w/o actualling delivering mail is at
time a useful thing for those attempting to cut down on registration
On Mon, 26 May 2003, Bill Manning wrote:
sending crap to see if the email address is valid is spam. it is
unwanted, unsolicited, consumes resources I pay for w/o my consent.
the perp could care less what they send, as long as my local mail
system indicates delivery is successful. they then "harvest" the
email address. if they do it twice and get an affirmative response
that mail is/would be successfully delivered, ... double opt-in!!
thats one thing -we- generally call spam.
% Harvesting addresses isn't an email message. Its spam-related activity,
% but it isn't spam.
% On Mon, 26 May 2003, Bill Manning wrote:
% > % There are 3 types of email that we generally call spam:
% > who are "we"?
% > type 4: harvesting/collecting "working" email addresses to be re-sold.
% > --bill
% > Opinions expressed may not even be mine by the time you read them, and
% > certainly don't reflect those of any other entity (legal or otherwise).
Opinions expressed may not even be mine by the time you read them, and
certainly don't reflect those of any other entity (legal or otherwise).