questionsis anyone else having trouble emailing to people…

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Need details. Have you tried emailing from another account? Are you using one of the many free email accounts (such as gmail, yahoo, hotmail) and if so, which one?

I manage a couple of mailing lists, and just checked. There are several aol accounts on one, and a couple on the other. I notice bouncing emails within a few hours, and there are none from any of the aol accounts.

Five days is often the standard "try to deliver this message" and your immediate bounces are interesting. Not sure what's going on, and I hesitate to ask you to post the headers of the emails here. You may provide them to me in a PM if you like.

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@shrdlu: I'm on Yahoo. And if you tell me what a header is, I'll be happy to PM it to you. This should give you a hint on the level of my computer knowledge. And what I do know, I owe to ThunderThighs, she's been a great help over the years.

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I've got a Netscape account (AOL owns them) and haven't had any problem sending or receiving.

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@mtm2: me too! I get some funny looks when I write it out, but I love the retro aspect.

No troubles with my address. Could it be your email client?

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@pooflady: I believe that you use Yahoo via their web site? What operating system do you use? What web browser?

I happen to have a yahoo account, but never ever use it to send email. The only email it has received for years is spam. I just use it because of Flickr (which I'm in the process of abandoning, sadly). Anyway, once you've replied back with the OS, and browser, we'll go from there.

This will probably take at least until tomorrow to get straight, but if you've had the problem for a few days, one more won't hurt.

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@robingraves: Yes, people do. I've used AOL since 1994. It's not that I can't use anything else; I simply prefer their interface, which works for what I need.

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@pooflady: I use AOL exclusively for email and haven't noticed any problems. If your outgoing mail is bouncing immediately, it may mean that particular address is no longer active.

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yes, my dad still has AOL and for the past few weeks, only about half of my emails are getting sent to him. The other half comes back returned to me about 24 hours later.
My emails don't look spammy or anything either.

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Still using AOL and no problems.

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Some good tips here, but my first question would be what does 'someone' mean? If you are using it to mean 'anyone', as in no matter who you send to, if they have an AOL address there are problems, then OK, there might be a problem somewhere. Since it doesn't seem AOL is having a general outage, they might have decided your domain is a spammer, and the headers will have the actual error, that would be useful in determining the problem.

However, if you mean someone as in some ONE, say Uncle Bob for example, have you tried calling Uncle Bob to see if he maybe changed his email address, or forgot to pay his AOL bill? He would be able to tell you if this is the case, or if he has been receiving email from others, just not you. It could very well be something as simple as that, poor Uncle Bob might be sitting there right now wondering why nobody has sent him any email for the past week, and it turns out his settings got messed up and now his mailbox is full.

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@philosopherott: Why? does everything everyone else does. And I've had my account since 1997. Got a lot of friends out there that know how to reach me even though we've not seen each other for years.

And Twitter and Facespace are a complete waste of time. Two of my DILs prove that EVERY day.

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@mtm2: I think it was meant to be a joke. You know, numbers for letters?

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@shrdlu: OK...sigh...my third Monday this week.

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My main account is still AOL and I haven't had any issues recently. My address there is now 20 years old, and when i tell people my address, it's like showing them an old, bad tattoo. But it's mine, and I love it.

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@mtm2: it was susposed to come across as elite.

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@philosopherott: I had to wiki that to figure it out.

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If look at the returned email, you should see a long section reporting the error. Buried in that mess will be a numerical error code and description. Typically, "permanent" errors will be in the 500-series, such as "No such account" or "Server not found".

What is the code and reported error? It maybe that AOL, who's had Spam filtering issues, decided you look like a spam email and is simply refusing to answer emails from your address or email host. As part of the anti-spam protocol, AOL even refuses to respond or report an exact reason, both to prevent a spammer from learning too much about the filters and addresses. Also to reduce DDS of the inbound mail server.

However, the error message you have does help narrow the problem.

As noted, does the error occur when sent from other accounts?

Last, what sort of email are you sending? Forwarding long, chain emails can look like SPAM. I have relatives that do that, forwarding every cute chain email they get and ended up in spam filters

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@stile99: I email to four different people with AOL addresses and it's happening with all of them. I just sent an email to one of them who also has a gmail account and that went through immediately. The one I sent to her last night via AOL has yet to arrive. Most of what I sent to those people is only "Got it." I'm still on IE just because I'm too lazy to learn Chrome but I have gotten as far as to download it.

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@tpscan: "Mail Server for 'aol.com' unreachable for too long."
Yikes - that was a reply to her email.

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@pooflady: Okay, here it is:

When you've logged in, open one of the emails from AOL.

Then, under the Actions menu (should be at the top of the screen), select View Full Header (bleagh, I hate yahoo). Copy the output of that, and paste it into a PM to me.

If possible, please include the entire email from AOL as well (so that I can read the bounce messages). It does sound as though this problem is specific to you or to your email account.

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@shrdlu: Would you be so kind as to let us hear how this turns out?

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@shrdlu: I just sent you two PMs. The first was the Full Header. That looks like it went through okay. The second one was the entire email, but each time I tried sending it I got a Woot Server Error. Let me know if it got through.

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@pooflady: I just replied to your PM. I provided you an email address to forward the AOL bounce to, so that I can look at it. I'd forgotten that Woot central (and perhaps also Deals, now that I think about it), doesn't like angle brackets, and that email will be filled with them.

@magic cave: I'll come back and explain if I find the solution. Even if I can't figure it out, I'll still come back (and tag others in this thread who could be potentially helpful).

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Really appreciate shrdlu's help. It looks like we have a solution.

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@magic cave: It's complicated (the solution). I'm still not positive that it is fixed, but it appears to be, and that's good enough. AOL and Yahoo are both old and crochety systems (kind of like me, sometimes), and that may also have had something to do with it.

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@shrdlu: anything you could post here? I'd love to try out the solution ...

my yahoo to aol emails get returned 24 hours later with:

Mail server for "aol.com" unreachable for too long