[unisog] AOL and forwarding

Karyn Williams karyn at calarts.edu
Fri Oct 7 16:31:38 GMT 2005

At 12:01 PM 10/7/05 -0400, you wrote:
>On Friday 07 October 2005 10:42 am, Joseph Brennan wrote:
>We (the University of Florida) finally prohibited students from forwarding 
>their school-provided accounts to AOL, or to any other off-campus ISP.   I 
>think we should have only prohibited forwarding to ISPs that had 
>blacklisted us because of forwarded spam, and continued to allow forwarding 
>to others, but they didn't ask me.
>The problems were twofold: (1) students were not receiving official 
>notifications sent to their campus mailbox because AOL was refusing to 
>accept the forwarded mail, and (2) official campus communications to other 
>AOL users (who didn't necessarily have campus addresses at all) were also 
>blocked by AOL's blacklists.
>I felt that we should only prohibit forwarding to ISPs that were causing 
>problems.  If AOL (for example) wants to cut themselves off from thousands 
>of their own customers, that's their decision.  Other ISPs' customers 
>shouldn't be punished for something AOL is doing, but someone (who most 
>likely has a law degree) decided that it should be an across-the-board 
>prohibition of forwarding to off-campus addresses.  Of course, it is 
>possible that the issue of how to notify students of changes to the list of 
>prohibited ISPs may have been a factor in that decision, because it isn't 
>entirely clear what the best way to do that is.

How do you configure sendmail to not forward to a specific list of domains.
The only option I have seen is to simply ignore .forward files altogether.


Karyn Williams
Network Services Manager
California Institute of the Arts
karyn at calarts.edu

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