>The problem, if you haven't already been told, is that AOL actually has a
>limit on the number of messages a user can get before it starts bouncing
>things back. Most other sites do not have such limits.
There may be a misperception at work here, too. Mail in AOL user mailboxes
*does* expire after a set period of time: 35 days for unread mail, 3-5 days
[presently] for already-read mail. So mailboxes will fill up only if all
already-read mail has expired and there are 550 pieces in the unread mailbox.
Granted, this limit is easy to reach on busy lists (it's about 4 days of
Belief-L) but the ability of AOL users to have their client software
periodically sign on and download all that mail to local storage (where there
limit is dependant on user storage space) *should* limit the number of
mailbox full errors you get. Obviuously it's not, and obviously we need to
better address the problem here.
FWIW, I commonly get "user over quota" or mailbox full errors from other
sites (most commonly VAX and freenet sites).
>Also, AOL sends back a message for each message and user that goes to AOL [
That's not always the case, either. I usually get 'clumps' of users per
report -- anywhere from three to ten or more. I don't know why there is the
variance, but I've had sysadmins and list owners ask me to have both extremes
taken -- one report per user and one report for all users.