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  • Though this won't be as eloquent as you have stated... ;)

    Maintain a db of addresses and do not auto-respond if the address already exists in the db.

    • Yes, I have that on my autoresponder (with varying timeouts, up to 28 days for the normal FAQ notification), and I have one other rule:
      • Never autorespond with a "from" equal to the address of the trigger.
      Thus, when you send a message to, you get an auto response from merlyn's-answering-machine. And if you reply to that (broken autoresponder), you get a message from postmaster saying that's not a valid address. If you autorespond to that, only the duplicate address database prevents a re-response. But at that point, I now have a lot of ammunition for flaming the guy for being clueless.
      • Randal L. Schwartz
      • Stonehenge