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Updated on March 20, 2011

Somehow my main email has lost the privilege of sending to Hotmail

Regular readers of my Hubs will remember my Hotmail Experiment where I established that Hotmail very conveniently lost about 4 out of 5 of all the attachments sent. That Hub caused a real uproar around the internet with all sorts of people swearing that I was absolutely correct and others swearing... well... mostly at me.

I look at all the evidence that the Apollo missions were faked, that JFK was executed my multiple shooters, that the World Trade Center was brought down by thermite, and that Hillary Clinton is really a nice lady, and I pretty well dismiss all of it as baseless conspiracy talk. So I'm really not much of a conspiracy freak.

(However, just between me and you, I will confess that two years ago just north of Baffin Island at 37,000 feet I saw something that looked like a really broad winged and very thick SR71 Blackbird at an altitude of about 30,000 feet doing at least Mach 20 at a 60 degree angle to the airliner I was on. Yes, I know that according to the laws of physics the air turbulence should have shook the plane to its bolts. But maybe it was a HalLicination.)

Regardless, I have had to be a bit surprised, if not conspiricized (I have just coined that word) about what has been happening lately to my main email account. That email account is resident on my domain through my ISP. It is ridiculously easy to figure out and anyone with google, a finger and 15 seconds to spare can work it out.

In the past couple of weeks, I have had great difficulty only from that account in sending to Hotmail addresses. Not just one Hotmail address. Almost all the ones I communicate with. When I do, most of the time I get a:

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients. The following addresses failed: SMTP error from remote server after MAIL command: host[]: 550 Your e-mail was rejected for policy reasons on this gateway. Reasons for rejection may be related to content such as obscene language, graphics, or spam-like characteristics (or) other reputation problems.

Reputation problems? Yeah, I guess that after trashing Microsoft, I would certainly qualify for reputation problems!

And just to keep the obvious comments down that usually start with "Damn, are you ever stupid...", there was no obscene language, no graphics (or attachments), or spam-like characteristics at all in any of the emails.

I did a few basic experiments and here are the very suspicious results:

If I send exactly the same email to the same Hotmail from another email address on the same domain: No problem.

If I send exactly the same email to the same Hotmail from another email address on another domain: No problem.

If I send exactly the same email to the same Hotmail from another Hotmail address: No problem.

So... am I supposed to believe that my main email account has "somehow" lost the "privilege" of communicating with Hotmail, or is it just another strange coincidence?

Is the Ruler of the Software Universe, the Emperor of the Global OS and the Deity of Holding The World By The Short And Curlies now deciding who has the privilege of communicating with who on this interlinked planet?

Isn't that just a little bit more influence than any non-elected person should have? Last time I checked I hadn't agreed to live under the domination of the MicroReich.

Hmm... I wonder...


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      munroenet 10 years ago

      if you are looking for a great Email Client Like ThunderBird or Outlook look at this hub.

      have a great day look at my comment above


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      munroenet 10 years ago

      Hotmail is crap. If you don't use it for a certain amount of days they cancel it. I suggest Yahoo mail or Gmail. Yahoo mail free edition however dosen't let you download your messages to outlook or other E-Mail client. but Gmail will alow you to do that and much more so i strongly suggest Gmail. Not to mention that you can access other google products with your Gmail email address. For a full review go to

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      Hal Licino 10 years ago from Toronto

      Hi, Debbie. Yes, my Hotmail Experiment hub proved that "if emails were donuts, Hotmail would be HomerSimpsonMail." :)

      There are many reasons why Hotmail will just make emails vanish, and a lot of them center around overzealous spam filters and obtuse filtering algorithms. Usually when there is no "bounce back" message, the email will simply have disappeared into the ravenous maw of Hotmail never to be seen again!

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      Debbie Cook 10 years ago from USA

      I have a problem similar to yours. My email from my website is an @ .com. I can send to any other address that I want except for my daughters email which is an address. I do not even get a message that the email was unsuccessful - it is like the email just vanishes into cyber space.