Why do some emails go missing?

Discussion in 'Email Discussions' started by popowich, May 25, 2013.

  1. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

    Aug 12, 2008
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    There are a variety of reasons why an email go could missing.

    In my opinion, in order from most to least likely, some common reasons are:

    • Due to spam filtering, the email was never delivered to the recipients account
    • The email was marked as spam and delivered the junk mail folder
    • Local virus/spam filtering on the recipients computer did something to the email
    • The email contained a large attachment that could not be delivered or bounced back to sender
    • The email bounced and the senders outgoing mail server was not able to deliver the bounce message from mailer-daemon back to the senders account
    • The email was filtered by a mail program rule into an unexpected folder
    • A server misconfiguration caused the email to be lost
    • Due to outgoing spam filtering, the email was never really sent by the senders ISP
    • A network or hardware failure occurred that caused the email to be lost

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