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Re: SMTP traffic control

2011-10-28 18:09:44

----- Original Message ----- From: "Carl S. Gutekunst" <csg(_at_)alameth(_dot_)org>
To: "Steve Atkins" <steve(_at_)blighty(_dot_)com>
Cc: "SMTP Interest Group" <ietf-smtp(_at_)imc(_dot_)org>
Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2011 4:49 AM
Subject: Re: SMTP traffic control

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.

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