> At 6:20 AM -0800 12/18/96, Bruce Bergman wrote:
> >Here's one for the masses. This has been driving nuts, but fortunately
> >I can redirect the annoying message to another account. The problem is
> >that Novell Groupwise sends this silly "message opened" response every
> >time one of my subscribers reads a message. As result, I get hundreds
> >of these a week.
Typically, these messages are caused by a header in the author's
message which informs the reading mail system to send mail back
after reading or receipt of the message.
A common header causing this is:
X-Confirm-Reading-To: "John Buckman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
So, if someone reads this message, it has this
"X-Confirm-Reading-To" header, and their mail reading program
supports this feature, then their mail system will send a
reading-acknowledgement message back.
What I suggest is that you configure your list server so that the
X-Confirm-Reading-To: header is stripped out of mail destined for the
list. That will fix the problem.
A similar problem occurs with this header:
Return-receipt-to: "John Buckman" <email@example.com>
In the future, if you find a case that slips through, it's probably
because some new & novel X- header feature has been implemented. If
this happens, take a look at the guilty message's header, and scan
for something like X-Confirm-Reading-To, then configure your list
server to remove it (and I'd love to hear about it).
Some list servers have a feature to optionally remove all X- headers
from list-bound mail. That's a little drastic (some of those X-
header are useful and innocuous), but it does solve this problem in a
Note that there are some rare circumstances where
X-Confirm-Reading-To could be useful in list mail. For example, if
you sent a memo out to a corporate mailing list, and wanted to track
who had seen it.
firstname.lastname@example.org, Shelby Group Ltd., http://www.shelby.com/