Do Not Use Auto-Response or Vacation Messages!
(Outlook Express 5 & 6 - Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP)
Did you know that if you use auto-responders, a "Vacation Message", or "Out
Of Office" auto-replies while you're away, you're actually creating a mess on email
servers? Not only that, but you're essentially telling spammers: "Hey, look! You're
sending your junk to a valid email address!" And that, alone could get you put on
hundreds of spammers lists. They share and sell lists to each other in the Brotherhood of
Spam, you know.
Many newsletters, online stores, and other online businesses process orders by automated
messaging. If you've subscribed to newsletters or purchased something on line and your
"auto-response", "Vacation Message" or "Out of Office"
auto-reply is active, you could create an endless loop of completely unnecessary email:
Your auto-reply will answer their auto-message and their auto-message will answer your
auto-reply and so on. This uses valuable resources, can clog mail servers, and is really
not needed. Is it really necessary to let someone know you're "Out of The
Office" or "On Vacation"? If it is then, a better solution is to send
a message to everyone in your address book before you leave, telling them you'll be out of
the office or on vacation until "________". That way your friends, family, and
business associates will know you're gone and won't send you email. Your newsletters will
come as they usually do and so will any confirming messages from online orders you've
placed and you can read these when you come back. You'll be doing your share to stop
unnecessary and useless email and avoid endless email loops of auto-responders answering
each other. Plus you'll be keeping your valid, private email address out of the hands of
the Brotherhood of Spam.
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