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September 29th, 2005
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Have submitted OU job application, on day of deadline. This is better than the last one (day after deadline) and predicts that I will put in application for shiney maternity cover job on day before deadline. Hmm. Must try and get round to it before then.

Am very paranoid about emailing application forms off into the void, but it'll either get there or bounce, surely? Ever since the Cambridge Science Festival people claimed not to have seen my email, I've been even twitchier than usual. What's a sane thing to do? I ended the cover email with "please let me know that you have received my application", if I don't hear from them should I phone them up at the end of the day? Tomorrow? In a week? There probably isn't really a monster eating all my email. I haven't had a bounce. I only sent the damn thing 10 minutes ago.

Ah, have just had an automatic acknowledgement of receipt of email. I do worry about so much that is then proved to be completely irrelavent.

Sadly am now feeling rather worn out. Will have lunch and then *try* to get on with MPhil stuff :(

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From:ex_robhu
Date:September 29th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Why not take the rest of the day off? :-)

Sadly SMTP does not guarentee delivery of email :-(
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From:catyak
Date:September 29th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
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SMTP used to guarantee delivery of mail to somewhere eventually. Either it would reach its destination or bounce, although it could take a few days to time out before the latter occurred. With modern software[*] and spam filters, sending is no longer guarantee of receipt because things get silently eaten.

[*] One version of Exchange used to acknowledge receipt, then discover that it had no disk space to save the message and silently delete it.

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From:ex_robhu
Date:September 29th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
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SMTP was designed to be a reliable message delivery system. Reliable in this case means that a message handled by SMTP is intended to get to its destination or generate an error message accordingly. This is not the same as a guaranteed delivery service, it just does its best. To guarantee delivery requires all sorts of data exchanges

(from http://www.networkworld.com/details/636.html)

There is no guarentee with SMTP, whereas with other mail delivery systems (that have not on the whole been adopted, e.g. X400) there is.
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From:satanicsocks
Date:September 29th, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)
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I almost always bcc myself on a different address just to check it got *out* OK. Whether it got in or not is another question; depending on the urgency I send a follow-up email a couple of days or a week later, I rarely phone. :)
From:nlj21
Date:September 29th, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC)
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Return Receipt?
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From:bluap
Date:September 29th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
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Does anyone actually honour that?
From:nlj21
Date:September 29th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC)
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I do.

(Although there is only one person I know who asks for them when he e-mails his CDC invoices. Acknowledging that I have received and read them seems like a reasonable thing to do.)
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:September 29th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but that's not really better unless *most* people do.
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From:fanf
Date:September 29th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
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You can email postmaster to ask us to trace a message that has gone missing.
From:mtbc100
Date:October 2nd, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Checking back in a few days to verify receipt seems reasonable and demonstrates that you have a semblance of organisational skills and enthusiasm about the job.
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