Miles Fidelman wrote:
> I haven't found it a problem. I'm on a LOT of lists, and post a
> reasonable amount, and so far the volume of vacation messages I get is
> in the noise, as compared to, say, the volume of spam I get.
Same here. And I'd rather get deluged by vacation responses than
have one person I'm chatting with by email suddenly drop off the net for a
> On the other hand, the occaisional vacation robot that replies to one of
> the lists I run is a nightmare - mail loops are not fun.
I've seen this happen as well; Which is one of the best arguments
for a well-designed, properly configured auto-responder.
> Now, on a more practical note, how would people on this list recommend
> configuring an autoresponder so that it ignores list traffic entirely,
> short of having to configure each list individually?
In no particular order:
1) Allow the responder to have a file of addresses it is not to
2) Once a single response is sent, add the recipient address to
the do-not-respond list.
3) Ignore any bulk precedence mail; You may or may not extend this
to list precedence.
4) Turn it off promptly when you return.