The Mail Delivery Subsystem is Working My Last Nerve!

You know what really pisses me off?  The Mail Delivery Subsystem.  Who created this?  And why did they think the emails kicked out by this thing are in anyway helpful?

Screen Shot 2014-03-22 at 10.30.20 AMYou know the ones I mean.  The long, rambling, ridiculous emails that contain loads of numbers and letters that I think may actually form a coherent message for an alien, but certainly not for me.

The only part that is helpful to me is usually in the first sentence.  “Your message to Joe Whoever did not go through.”  Oh and maybe sentence two – here’s the reason – “that is not a valid email address”.  The rest is utterly unintelligible.

And then there’s the number of times you get the SAME email.  (Yes, I’m shouting now).  4 times.  Maybe 5.  Do I really need the fact that I misspelled someone’s email address rubbed in my face 5 times?  I think not.  And yes, I appreciate that the Mail Delivery Subsystem has tried and tried again to do something that will never work.  But maybe just notify me again if it does work?  How ’bout that?  And in English please.

And by the way MDS (yeah – I’m talking to you) – the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.  I’m just sayin’.

By | 2014-03-22T14:48:05+00:00 March 22nd, 2014|Random Shit That Pisses Me Off|2 Comments


  1. Stew August 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    You’re mad at the Delivery Subsystem? For trying to deliver your email…

    May I humbly suggest that the angst you discover upon seeing the gobbledygook* is your message. Just encoded. This is useful in case of things like mail admins who actually read the email bounces, consider that the mail message might be important and route it appropriately.

    And why do you get the same message multiple times? Because that system is trying to redeliver your message. Say you decide to change your email host. This will require a change of address (the “name” actually translates into a number that computers use to “talk” to each other). Because of certain technicalities you’ll find that some systems are fast learners and pickup on that change pretty quickly while others are slower to update. Delivery retries will make your message eventual delivery chances better.

    Unless you misspell the address. Then you’re on your own. Don’t be mad at technology, unless you work for the IRS and don’t want to share your emails. 🙂

    Enjoy your show.

    * “Gobbledegook” is a technical term meaning thingamabobs and such.

    • dbarrett311 August 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      Hey Stew — While I appreciate your thought out response… I’m sticking to my guns on this one. Granted there are many things besides the Mail Delivery Subsystem that annoy me more than this, but I do think the response we get from MDS could be improved. By a lot. Even for the mail admins who actually read them.

      And having been a programmer myself in a previous life, I actually think fixing the “Gobbledygook” and the repeated emails would be a pretty easy fix. The issue is – like many other admittedly first world problems – no one has bothered to complain. We all just assume this is the way it has to be. It’s not. So I put my two cents in. Just two. I promise you I will not lose sleep over the issue.

      (Oh and if you listen to the show, you know that getting on my soapbox is a favorite sport of mine, so that’s not likely to stop anytime soon either!)

      — Dana

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