OT: email size limits

Ugo Bellavance ugob at lubik.ca
Thu Jan 22 00:00:43 GMT 2009

Steven Andrews wrote:
> I have a client who employs a lot of consultants and we provide them 
> with an email address on the corp system and they pretty much have to do 
> everything through the corp systems; mostly terminal server.  They do 
> have the ability to work offline and send the generated content into the 
> main office.
> Anyway, from time to time we get complaints from these folks that we 
> have email size limits in place even though for larger stuff we give 
> them ftp access that we can throttle.  I think our limit is somewhere 
> around 10 meg right now although we tell them it’s less so we can deal 
> with the overhead they won’t understand.
> So I get an aol user today telling me what an asshat I am (which may or 
> may not be true, but for the purposes of discussion today I’m not) and 
> how much our systems suck because I have email size limits in place and 
> his email is being blocked.  Of course, we never saw it in our 
> mailserver, which means he got hit with aol’s 16 meg size block, but he 
> was all talk and no listening.  He then goes on to tell me about “lynux” 
> and how it’s free and better than the crap Microsoft has been selling 
> us…yadda yadda yadda; oh wait, what’s the banner on our mailserver?  
> It’s sendmail….but I digress.
> So, just for self-evaluation, what’s everyone else doing for email size 
> limits?  I want to make sure we’re in the range of the rest of the world.

20MB in, 5 MB out.  And we don't provide them with ftp or anything to 
share big files.

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