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[_] Avoiding Automatic Email Replies

Jeremy Prior jez at netcraft.com
Thu Sep 22 01:02:54 BST 2016

> On Wed 21 Sep 2016, at 18:46:40, Craig Francis <craig at craigfrancis.co.uk> wrote:
> 
> Hi [_],
> 
> While we are talking about Automatic Email Replies, or in this case "Out of Office AutoReply"...
> 
> If you are sending emails from your own server (or a third party SMTP server), does anyone know if there are any headers that should be included so you don't receive an AutoReply?
> 
> e.g. you are running an online shop, and you are sending a few hundred emails to customers every day, how do you avoid getting auto-replies?
> 
> I've tried setting:
> 
> 	Precedence: bulk
> 	Auto-Submitted: auto-generated
> 
> 	https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel/2013-June/184139.html <https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel/2013-June/184139.html>
> 	https://github.com/agallou/mageia-app-db/issues/185 <https://github.com/agallou/mageia-app-db/issues/185>
> 
> But these don't seem to work with GMail (admittedly I've only done a quick test).
> 
> The following might also work, but don't think they are appropriate (as it's not from a mailing list):
> 
> 	Precedence: list
> 	List-Id: <example.com>
> 
> Thoughts?

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/154718/precedence-header-in-email

Precedence is deprecated (although I still use it in my autoresponder), so the recommended method is a null Return-Path. e.g.

	Return-Path: <>

See RFC3834 for more details - https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3834

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Jeremy Prior
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