delaying mails

Glenn Steen glenn.steen at
Mon Oct 6 22:23:19 IST 2014

Quite sensibley put Alex. In the words of Manuel Knight: It dosn't matter
if you why and how, if you don't have desire to do it... it will never
Otoh, just because something is Dilbert-worthy doesn't mean there isn't a
technial solution... However badly construed...:-)

-- Glenn
Den 6 okt 2014 22:37 skrev "Alex Crow" <alex at>:

>  Hi,
> IMHO this is just a "middle-managment" idiocy. Why don't they just go for
> a coffee break? Or indeed just stop looking at their email if they are not
> required to? Is it in writing as a policy at least so people feel OK about
> going offline? Or is it a one-upmanship thing where everyone is too afraid
> to stop looking in case they look bad in comparison with the compulsive
> unpaid overtime crowd?
> Worthy of Dilbert anyway - ie transform an obvious people management
> problem into an IT problem (because most managers are incapable of
> managing).
> I have the same thing with telephony, ie "what technology can make people
> who don't pick up the phone, pick up the phone, but not make people feel
> like we're a call centre". We've pitched ACD but no-one's willing to stump
> up the <100K licence for the org. But they don't understand that when you
> have someone that doesn't want to use the phone, no amount of technology
> (short of electric shocks/live grenades etc) will make them do it!
> Alex
> On 06/10/14 12:15, ja at wrote:
> hi
> its not a spam issue so maybe a bit off topic but Im just thinking if
> maybe this is something mailscanner could do anyway or if anyone would
> maybe thing ahh you can do this...
> we are scanning incomming mail for a domain XXXX - not all users, but
> some/most we want to control WHEN they get the emails. During most of the
> working hours we want some of the users to have "a break" (yes they could
> just close the mail program :) ). Could we in anyway force this by
> accepting the mails to the mailserver/mailscanner but delay the relay until
> after ie. 18.00 hours. During off hours all mails are delivered straight
> away. Our mailserver does not support anything like this. Also since its
> not ALL of the users/domains we cannot just shutdown the firewall AND we
> dont want the sender of the email to get a "delayed" report.
> ideas? know of a proxy smtp or something other or something smart in
> MailScanner ?
> best regards
> Jan
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