[FFML] [ADMIN] [OT] On the subject of email accounts
dragonbard at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 14 11:03:30 PDT 2009
I get what you're saying.
One weird thing I noticed is that, a while ago, I would get a message from mail-lists I was part of that my account had bounced something, but there was no reason for it to bounce. Plenty of space, and I check in daily.
It hasn't happened in the past year (to my knowledge) but it's something to keep in mind.
> Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2009 10:51:12 -0700
> From: dennisthetiger at chez-vrolet.net
> To: ffml at chez-vrolet.net
> Subject: [FFML] [ADMIN] [OT] On the subject of email accounts
> Didn't want to pull the ADMIN tag, but this really does bear upon it.
> Something I've noticed is that, occasionally, we'll get bounce
> notifications and subsequent unsubscribes from the list after the
> bounces expire. Most frequently, though, the bounces I see are either
> because the recipient email box runs too full, or that the email
> account was disabled for some reason - probably due to user deletion.
> What's prompting my email in the first place today is a recent note
> from Livejournal, which I'll quote in part:
> You should be aware that Hotmail recycles email addresses that haven't
> been used in more than a year. If you validated a Hotmail address for
> your journal and displayed it publicly in the past, but then let the
> address lapse, someone who finds and re-registers that address can use
> it to obtain control of the journal.
> (For those who don't use Livejournal, the source of this was owing to a
> rash of break-ins, which they isolated to what seems to be this issue
> related to LJ users having used at one point a hotmail.com account for
> validation purposes - after the address lapses and recycles, people
> break in and wreak havoc.)
> So that said, I'm not really concerned about the bounce messages
> (though it does make me curious at best). I'm more concerned about the
> So that said, something I am asking people to do is be a bit more
> diligent about changing email addresses. A few pointers:
> * The web interface (and the email-based listbot as well) have
> facilities to change email addresses. If you aren't sure how, one can
> just unsubscribe from one address and subscribe at another, in no
> particular order.
> * Common sense: DON'T EVER GIVE YOUR PASSWORD OUT. Yes, I know,
> preaching to the choir, but it bears repeating.
> * If running out of room is your problem, check on another address for
> the purpose. Gmail has a virtually limitless quota. Also, clear out
> your old email if you don't need it.
> * If you're on hotmail, be careful, and bear the above quote in mind.
> (List op)
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