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Re: SMTP traffic control

2011-10-28 16:17:14

On Oct 28, 2011, at 1:49 PM, Carl S. Gutekunst wrote:

Steve Atkins wrote:
It would be nice if the server could say "give me a minute to get my stuff 
together and come back", have the client retry in 60 seconds and get the 
mail accepted for delivery - with a delay of a minute or so, rather than a 
delay of 30 minutes. The server gets to shed load, the client gets to dump a 
message out of it's queue and the human correspondents see fast, in-order 
mail delivery rather than slow, out-of-order delivery.

That's the end-user visible part of the thought behind anyway.

I'd support that proposal. I might even implement it.

Unfortunately, the dominant conversation seems to be around an SMTP response 
that only applies to greylisting. I'd never use that or support it, it's such 
a teeny-tiny corner case, especially in the B-to-B world where I live.

Me too.

But that's the thing with an open mailing list - people who are really 
interested in one niche aspect of a subject or a broad generalization of one 
can easily dominate the conversation. And a broad, general blue-sky idea will 
always provoke more discussion than a trivially simple one. I'd suggest 
changing the title and spinning off a sub-thread to discuss just the "SMTP 
traffic control" aspect, but that didn't work too well last time…

Let me spin up a new thread, with an implicit "no, I don't mean greylisting" 
subtext. :)


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