Why you aren't told your email is blocked [telecom]

Tech Q&A: Why you aren't told your email is blocked

By Steve Alexander

Q: I learned that email providers sometimes block mail sent from other providers over the issue of misuse. But when my provider was blocked, I wasn't told. I only learned later that some of my outgoing mail wasn't delivered. Shouldn't email users be notified if they're being blocked?

- Dutch Nagle, Hereford, Ariz.

A: The deliberate blocking of email traffic is an anti-spam (junk mail) defense. While it inconveniences some email users, it's also fleeting, so users are unlikely to be notified.

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