OT: PHB time...

Matt Hayes dominian at slackadelic.com
Tue Mar 13 19:03:57 CET 2007

Kevin Miller wrote:
> OK, so my boss who is normally an otherwise reasonable guy, calls me
> into his office and says one of the department heads wants out of office
> turned on for internet mail.  He knows that people are tarred and
> feathered for doing that on mail lists, but thinks that the mail lists
> should be filtering those - that with a short case statement they could
> easily do that.  I tried to persuade him otherwise, but he's going to
> poll the other directors and see if it's something they want.  Of course
> they will, not understanding a broader perspective.  Sigh.
> It seems like there were other reasons than just list servers that make
> it a bad idea to have out of office messages turned on but I'm not
> really sure what they might be.  I suggested that they provide feedback
> to spammers but he was unconvinced.  So, although it's somewhat OT, I'm
> asking here because I can't think of a more enlightened group of mail
> admins; what are some good solid reasons beyond people on list servers
> hate them, not to publish an out of office reply over the internet?
> Thanks...
> ...Kevin

Spammers are a big reason for that.  If you get 100 spam connections in 
a few minutes and those people have out of office reply on.. a vicious 
cycle starts...

That's going unmentioned of the mailing lists of course ;)


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