Why do I receive delayed emails?

Question

Sometimes I receive e-mails a day after they have been sent to me? Why the delay?

They are usually from people right here in Phoenix.

Answer

This question was answered on November 15, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It's hard to know what the problem might be without seeing the emails and headers to determine what is happening Make sure you check the Reply-To address and be sure that there is no typo there and that it is in the correct format If your email inbox is full when the message arrives it will go into a mail queue and the system will continue to try and send it until the inbox is available

Another thing to check for is if the person sending you emails are receiving any messages saying that the delivery is delayed? Also if an account is fairly new then it is possible that the email is being misrouted by the sending ISP

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Posted by Henry of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 15, 2004