Here’s my setup:
I have an email address (let’s say it’s firstname.lastname@example.org) that I don’t give out; this is associated with a DH mailbox.
I have a cellphone that can receive email (email@example.com).
I have a forwarding-only address (firstname.lastname@example.org) that forwards to both the private mailbox and to the cellphone.
I have a number of other secondary forwarding-only addresses that I give out. Depending on whether I want to be paged about mail to a particular id or not, these forward to either directly the private address or to pageme (which then reforwards to the private address as well as the phone).
All of the above works great. (For anyone reading this who wants to do the same for some reason, there’s some additional work on the mail client – I use Thunderbird – to make sure that the private address isn’t revealed when you send mail.)
My problem is, under some circumstances that I can’t figure out, forwarding to the cellphoneprovider.com address fails. The sender gets back a bounce message:
email@example.com: host cellphoneprovider.com[x.x.x.x] said: 550 SMTP connection refused
Obviously this is very confusing to the sender. And although I won’t get paged in this case, the email isn’t lost since the forward to my private box still works, so I don’t care about the failure either.
So I’m looking for suggestions on how to set up this functionality of being able to send notifications of email to my pager wihout troubling the sender if it fails. I have not yet tried using a keyword filter to forward the email, but I suspect it will have the same potential for problems.
One possible workaround that occurs to me is to ALSO forward to another mailbox with an auto responder for that address that says “ignore any bounce messages you might get from cellphoneprovider.com”, and then direct that copy of the mail into the bit bucket (by setting that mailbox to delete messages older than 1 day) . But that’s still pretty annoying to the sender, I think.
Any suggestions appreciated!