[drupal-devel] [wanted] mail queue
dries at buytaert.net
Wed Aug 17 11:16:37 UTC 2005
On 17 Aug 2005, at 12:38, Gerhard Killesreiter wrote:
>>> BTW: The fact that massmailer was so buggy seems to indicate that
>>> demand for massmailing beyond user_mail()'s capabilities is maybe
>>> overestimated. ;->
>> I think rather that it is more complex and therefore not
>> accessible to
>> hobby Drupalists.
> True massmailing (as in tens of thousands of mails) will _never_ be
> available to hobby Drupalists with el cheapo hosting.
> - technical difficulties
> - any sane webhoster will deny sending mass mails to cheap
> customers for
> fear of getting blacklisted.
> And if you just need to send a few hundred mails, you probably will do
> fine with user_mail() and a cronjob.
True, and that is probably what the default/initial backend should
look like. Right now, all these modules implement their own "cronjob
+ user_mail" function. Let's make this available as a service. In
addition we could provide a centralized way of dealing with HTML
mail, a mechanism to throttle the rate of outgoing e-mails, a
mechanism to convert HTML mails to plain text, and - in future -
maybe a mechanism to track and report back bounces.
As you said, proper mailing is hard. Hence the need to make this a
specialized service and to extract this from the individual modules.
Hence my call for people with experience, or for people willing to
learn more about this. I don't expect this to be implemented
overnight, but it would be nice if some people could explore our
options, see what other projects have done, prototype some code, etc.
Dries Buytaert :: http://www.buytaert.net/
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