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28 April 2011 @ 12:25 pm
Them email blues  
So I have Comcast email. Technically I have others, including Yahoo and Gmail, but I don't use them; it's just been easier to have all my redirect addresses (such as Livejournal, Dreamwidth, and my college account) forward to my ISP. And I'm lazy.

It has its problems, such as Comcast insisting that most LJ forwards are spam and quarantining them, even though I've put the forwarder's address in my address book the way THEY SAY TO. (That's at least better than the period when they ignored LJ email redirects with no notice whatsoever, meaning I lost unknown numbers of private email messages.)

But now my outbound messages aren't actually arriving. I would think it's the fault of the recipient's ISP, but if I forward the same message to my Gmail account and it doesn't come through there, either? Yeah, that's a bad sign.

I don't wanna switch my primary email, dammit. I don't love Comcast's interface, but I'm used to it, and I find it slightly easier to navigate than Gmail. (And I certainly don't want to have to check multiple email accounts actively.) But when I actively can't trust my email provider, there's very little reason to stay with them, either. Ugh.

In related news, if you think I'm ignoring you because I haven't answered an email you sent or because an email you've expected me to send hasn't come, try poking me via an LJ or DW comment or PM. Those seem to be coming through (for now, even if most of the LJ ones still get quarantined), and I double-check directly at those sites occasionally as well.


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mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)mabfan on April 28th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
I can understand not wanting to switch email systems. I've been using Gmail now as my primary email interface, although everything gets archived on my Mail program at home. But I'd have a hard time trying to find the important emails on my home machine, as I've become used to Gmail threading.
michelel72: DS-Quote-TeachToCowmichelel72 on May 6th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
I'm not sure why I was so nervous, really. A simple color scheme change makes Gmail feel similar to Comcast (which probably means Comcast's redesign was meant to mimic Gmail), with a few minor improvements and a few minor annoyances. (And luckily, it turns out pretty much everything was going to one of my three auto-forward addresses.) I haven't yet played with their more advanced tools like threading, though. I think it was the right move.
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)mabfan on May 6th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
So are you on Gmail now? That seems to be what you're saying.
michelel72: CM-Garcia-Joymichelel72 on May 6th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
I am indeed! So far it seems much more reliable. I'm pretty sure email I was sending from Comcast just wasn't reaching people; I know of one case in which it definitely didn't. Feh. It should be invisible, though; for now, I'm still going to advertise my usual autoforwarding addresses (though the gmail one is easier to remember, since it matches my LJ/DW username).
sophia_sol on April 29th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
I remember when, years ago, I had to switch my email addresses. It was such a big pain then, when I really wasn't on the internet all that much, and I can't even imagine trying to do it now. I hope you manage to figure out a solution to your email woes.
michelel72: DW-Catmichelel72 on May 6th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
I'm lucky: I have three email addresses that I ever give out, and they all auto-forward to my "real" one, so I just had to repoint them. Gmail's import did a fantastic job, despite my inadvertent attempts to break it, and it's working nicely. Thanks for the encouragement!
sophia_sol on May 10th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, good, I am glad it worked for you!