For the last couple of weeks I have been wondering why people are taking so long to reply to my emails. These are plain emails; no attachments; no URLs quoted within them.
It's especially worrying, as I am in the throes of selling a house in France, and my emails to agent and buyers, surveyor and plumber, are not apparently arriving. And I am getting no intimation of this, so I just think people are taking their time...
Luckily, the plumber must have checked the "indesirables" box on his Orange server, because I DID get a reply from him - with the heading " *** SPAM *** Petits travaux..." (Obviously I had not sent it with the word Spam in the heading!)
I alerted another correspondent (I had to use my Hotmail account to get through) to the fact that six PlusNet emails from me might be sitting in an "indesirables" box somewhere; he managed to find them and then to put me on a "green list" so he would get them ok in future.
Yesterday I emailed two people on Free.fr; this time I DID receive a notification of non-delivery - as follows:
"A message that you sent to the following recipient could not be delivered due to a permanent error. ** The remote server 188.8.131.52 responded with: ** nickandsueXXX@free.fr 550:spam detected This message was created automatically by mail delivery software on the server avasout04."
so at least I knew it had not been received, and could follow it up with a Hotmail.