company that hosts my domain is
falling apart at the seams. After two weeks of emails and phone
calls, they finally moved my site to a different MySQL cluster so I no
Database Connection Failed most of every
Email to me has been bouncing for three or four weeks with the
188.8.131.52 does not like recipient. Remote host said: 553 flood
control activated, try later Giving up on 184.108.40.206.
They insist this is a problem with the servers sending the mail
and not their servers.
Well, obviously, it is their server that is generating this
flood control activated message. Further, despite its
try later, it is using a permanent failure code.
Technically, 553 is supposed to be
mailbox name not
allowed. I think they should send 450:
Regardless, I get tons of spam. To handle this, I had all mail
sent to any address in my domain forwarded to my gmail account.
Gmail's spam filtering handled this all pretty well. I still saw
20-30 spams a day, but then these
messages started cropping up.
Now, most of the spam that I get is addressed to bogus mailboxes in
my domain. So, I thought... maybe I can mitigate this by taking the
known-good-addresses and forwarding them to my gmail account. Then, I
could let all of the rest fester in an inbox on my hosting provider
which I could periodically dredge for
I had forgotten to include in the other forwarding (see, I give out
different addresses to different companies so that I can later do
something useful with mail-rules when they start abusing my
Well, after a week of this, I am apparently still getting
flood control activated on the known-good-addresses
even when only five messages went through there in an hour.
Anyhow, today I was cleaning out the Inbox for the addresses-of-questionable-utility. Note: I had my hosting company's spam filter turned on on that Inbox, and it caught zero messages. I had 2595 spam messages. I hit the Check All button. Then, I scrolled down through the list in the (probably vain) hope that if there are any real messages, I might spot them. Then, I hit the Delete button.
When the page refreshed, I had 630 more messages. I did the same for those messages. I had 21 more messages.
I have now turned off the catchall feature. I don't
expect this to stop the
flood control. In fact,
bouncing all of the messages should take more time than filing
them. And, I won't have any chance to catch the good-addresses
that I didn't know I knew.
I have also resolved to switch hosting companies by the end of next week.