Getting User Email Settings
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Fri Jan 28 05:44:46 EST 2005
Derek Bump wrote:
>> Unless this stack is going to be used by 100s or 1000s of people,
>> and used to send 1000s of emails, why not hard code the settings
>> to your own smtp server?
> This could work, but you need to make sure your mail server
> doesn't has security against doing this. Most do, as open
> mail servers without protection tend to be used by spammers.
Any server admin who doesn't require at least simple password
authentication for SMTP servers should be fired, as they are aiding
spammers and leaving their system at risk.
So assuming such lamers get fired, the question becomes: Is Dan
comfortable handing his SMTP password to anyone with a copy of
Interarchy or other traffic monitoring tool? ;)
If you need email specifically, it should not be too onerous to ask
users to set up yours just as they set up their own. You can be extra
nice and provide instructions on where they can find that info, but most
can do it or they don't have email.
But if the goal is to have them send you messages, you could bypass
email altogether with a CGI: the user client sends to the CGI, and you
can write your own custom client for yourself that retrieves the
messages and their attachments. Since it's your own system you can
package the data in any way that's convenient for you, without regard to
I've been doing that with RevNet's feedback form and elsewhere for years
-- ditching email in favor of whatever system works for you can be much
simpler and no less convenient, perhaps more so.
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