>Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 20:43:32 -0400
>Subject: Re: Full mailboxes
>In a message dated 95-10-08 03:03:06 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Henry W.
>>sure about CIS, though. I run several lists, and frequently get
>>messages bounced back from AOL and CIS stating that the user's
>>mailbox is full and to try again later. Why? It occurs to me
>>that both providers have gigabytes, maybe terabytes of disk storage.
>>To bounce mail back to the sender is really uncalled for. Surely there
>>has to be a better way to deal with this.
>Each AOL member is permitted 550 pieces of mail on our mail host at any given
>time. At five screen names per account, 3.5 million accounts, that's as many
>All in all, I'd think that up to 550MB of mail (inbound mail can be up to 1MB
>in size), at 550 pieces, is pretty reasonable. AOL members can easily
>download their entire mailbox contents using FlashSessions, freeing up space
>on the AOL host system. Likewise, with 5 screen names per account, they can
>easily divvy their mail load up into multiple screen names. IMO, if a
>member's mailbox fills up it's their responsibility (and it demonstrates to
>me as a list owner an unwillingness to commit to my lists. They get removed).
i have had AOL subsscribers who *DO* retreive their mail regularly. But they
simply get so much of it they get full mailboxes in very short time.
ie: full mailbox is a *transient* problem
why dont service providers with mailbox limits return a RETRYABLE transient
(resource unavailable?) error to my smtp so that *i* may queue/retry for
a couple days?
the brutal delivery failure is uncalled for in my opinion too.
if the provider is no longer connected to my smtp (ie: the message has been
wandering around internal machines before determining the full mailbox status)
why dont they set up a buffer-machine which will do the queue/retry for
a day or two? this helps us, and still essentially limits stale-mail
piling up on users who never seem to sign-on or gone on vacation.
- Ken Dykes, Thinkage Ltd., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada [43.40N 80.48W]