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.