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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_maintenance2016-04-15 07:11 pm

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People getting mail at Gmail are reporting email delays of about an hour. As far as I can figure out, it's because some of our recent changes to our network have wiped out our existing sending reputation with them and made us start building reputation again, and they're refusing all mail on first delivery and making us re-send it. (It's a common spam reduction technique, because spammers don't bother retrying if the first attempt fails.)

There isn't much we can do about it but wait it out until Gmail decides that we're legit senders again, but we'll poke at it and see if there's anything we can do to make the process go faster. (I doubt there will be, though; Gmail is persnickety.) In the meantime, to get comment notification email faster, you can switch your confirmed email to a different provider, or just refresh your on-DW inbox.

EDIT: And people are now letting me know that mail's delayed to other providers, too, which is probably follow-on effects from having to send everything to Gmail at least twice. There isn't a lot we can do about it; I'm sorry about the hassle, folks.
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Re: Oh, wow

[personal profile] marahmarie 2016-04-18 01:27 am (UTC)(link)
I failed to take into account that letting spam through encourages spammers to simply send more spam. Thanks for explaining that as it illuminates a lot (admittedly, my ideas on how spam could be handled are likely naive and uninformed, which is why I ask a lot of questions and wonder openly about a lot of things - there are probably good reasons my ideas are impractical or just plain undoable but I can't envision what they are without looking a lot more into the topic).
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Re: Oh, wow

[personal profile] azurelunatic 2016-04-18 02:29 am (UTC)(link)
Yup. Encouraging spammers: feeding seagulls is a better life choice!
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Re: Oh, wow

[personal profile] marahmarie 2016-04-19 03:55 am (UTC)(link)
Never, ever feed the seagulls! If you practically grew up on the beach like I did then you know this is blasphemy! (Spent major chunks of my childhood/life on one or another.)

Barely any worse than feeding spammers, though, I must admit.