[drupal-devel] [wanted] mail queue
pat at linuxcolumbus.com
Wed Aug 17 11:33:44 UTC 2005
On Wed, 17 Aug 2005 13:16:32 +0200, Dries Buytaert <dries at buytaert.net> wrote :
> On 17 Aug 2005, at 12:38, Gerhard Killesreiter wrote:
> >>> BTW: The fact that massmailer was so buggy seems to indicate that
> >>> the
> >>> 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.
> > Why?
> > - technical difficulties
> > - any sane webhoster will deny sending mass mails to cheap
> > customers for
> > fear of getting blacklisted.
Properly, done this is not an issue.
> > And if you just need to send a few hundred mails, you probably will do
> > fine with user_mail() and a cronjob.
Even with a few hundred you still need to deal with bounces.
> 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.
I'm interested. I know a lot about email administration via the
qmail/vmailmgr tool chain and have used phplist in several projects.
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