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Posted by: Joey May 26 2004, 07:17 PM

I'm thinking about offering users free email accounts (either through webmail or an email forward to your existing mail account).

I'm just trying to get a feel if anyone would use this/want this.

Let me know (feel free to PM me)

Posted by: Robert83 May 27 2004, 06:45 AM


I'm in smile.gif smile.gif , that would be great .

Questions :

1. Can we choose our own passwords?
2. How much will be the mail queue?
3. What will be the max message size?

I think webmail would be a better solution , no? I mean I just started my long journey in this linux mail server stuff,
and webmail is a lot easier then doing that forward here , get from there stuff.

Robert B

Posted by: Joey May 27 2004, 06:47 AM

With regards to your questions, this is still just in the planning stage. I want to see if there is interest in it before we build it.


Posted by: Robert83 May 27 2004, 07:05 AM


okay, I just thought I'd ask what are the plans for those things once there is enough interest in this...

Robert B

Posted by: Termina May 27 2004, 12:19 PM

Sure, that sounds cool as hell. biggrin.gif I check this site before checking my email anyways, so this would kill two birds with one stone. happy.gif

Hopefully people would see, and come visit the site. biggrin.gif

I have a realistic suggestion:

Inbox Size: 20gigs
Attachment Max: 750mb
Message Size: 800mb


Posted by: Joey May 27 2004, 12:20 PM

QUOTE (Termina @ May 27 2004, 01:19 PM)
I have a realistic suggestion:

Inbox Size: 20gigs
Attachment Max: 750mb
Message Size: 800mb

Keep dreaming smile.gif

Posted by: Hemant May 27 2004, 01:33 PM

I have a realistic suggestion:

Inbox Size: 20gigs
Attachment Max: 750mb
Message Size: 800mb

will beat the hell outta Google

Posted by: Termina May 27 2004, 01:38 PM

I'd like to point out that both me and you have 299 posts at the moment...

Only now I have 300!


Posted by: Hemant May 27 2004, 01:52 PM

biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
Well i am trying to catch up...
*opens a shell and*
# kill -9 termina_dance_party

Posted by: Termina May 27 2004, 02:05 PM

*logs into his computer via SSH as root*

rm -rf /


Posted by: Hemant May 27 2004, 04:20 PM

Yeah..i am also interested... tongue.gif cool.gif cool.gif

Posted by: Jim May 27 2004, 07:14 PM

ya, well you two sit there trying to boost your post counts remember that post count isn't everything. Speaking of that, whats mine again? O ya....

Posted by: Hemant May 28 2004, 08:20 AM

ya, well you two sit there trying to boost your post counts remember that post count isn't everything
mad.gif mad.gif mad.gif

Kick Ass

Posted by: hughesjr May 28 2004, 05:10 PM

don't make me pull out my 2463 posts ohmy.gif

Posted by: Joey May 28 2004, 05:18 PM

Don't make me reset all your post counts to zero.

All your posts are belong to us.

ps. j/k

Posted by: hughesjr May 28 2004, 05:20 PM

YIKES unsure.gif

Posted by: Robert83 May 28 2004, 06:44 PM

nooooooooooooooooooooo sad.gif

Posted by: Corey Jun 2 2004, 10:58 AM

I would love to have a address!! It can go with my other address and my two addresses. Wheeeeeee....

I already have enough email address to confuse the hell out of me...lets see...

3 @
2 @ (not sure exactly how many)
1 @
2 @ (those that haven't expired)
1 @
1 @
2 @
1 @ (still hasn't expired even though i've been finished school there for 4 years)
1 @
1 @
Alright, that's enough of that.

Posted by: Jim Jun 2 2004, 03:17 PM

thats an impressive list, I thought I had it bad checking four, but you can allways use a fifth, I can totally get rid of a couple of them

1) (have to have the school one)
2) (our (weak) forums sight)
3) (got to have somewhere to send all the spam)
4) (home address)

I think a fifth would be cool I would use it just because it has the word linux in it and it reminds everyone that I am better than them because they use windows.

Posted by: Hemant Jun 7 2004, 03:54 PM

duende unsure.gif

1 @

how come you got gmail must be luckiest man on earth!!! laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Termina Jun 8 2004, 03:34 AM

gmail may sound cool, but who here will honestly use 1gig of stuff in their Inbox? XD

For the sake of neatness, I delete old emails even when I'm not even close to my max. No chance of me ever reading them again.

And while you could store files on there (20mb max, right?), it would be easier just to set up a small FTP server.

Posted by: chrisw Jun 9 2004, 01:56 PM

its not te posts that count its the date of which you signed up...HAHA

as far as email would be easier for me
to seperate emails into different folders in my mail client...

Posted by: Joey Jun 22 2004, 10:12 AM

So I've been thinking about this for the last few days and what's the best way to go about offering such a free service.

So I'm basically thinking of either doing the following 2 things... please comment and help me decide.

1) A free email forwarding account. Mail sent to this account will be filtered for spam/virii and then forwarded to whatever email address you like (for example,

2) A free email mailbox. Mail sent to this account will be filtered for spam/virii and then stored on
the mail server. You can then access your email **via webmail only** at In addition to this, the webmail interface will contain some sort of banner advertisement, most probably the google ads like you see at the top of the page today. Also, if we do go this route, I cannot guarantee 100% uptime.

All spam, anti-virus and attachment filtering will be done by MX Logic ( Their product rocks, has a great interface and catches a ton of spam (just ask duende). Users will receive a quarantine report of all emails tagged as spam etc.

Anyways let me know what you think.


Also, there's a 3rd option, but I doubt anyone will like this one.

I can offer an outsourced address that has pop3 access as well as webmail, with 99.9999% uptime guarantee as well as the spam/virii solution for a flat fee. The mail server is hosted at an IBM facility in Toronto, Canada and is totally redundant. I have no idea how much it would be but it wouldn't be too expensive... maybe 20-30 cents a month. Payment would be made via paypal.

=== EDIT #2=====

Also, would you rather have or

Posted by: Corey Jun 22 2004, 10:24 AM

Yeah, MXlogic rocks, my email box is so boring now only getting legitamite emails.

Each week, I receive a report on the quarentined messages, and so far in th elast couple of months, I haven't had one false-positive. That's pretty freakin amazing.

Posted by: chrisw Jun 22 2004, 10:25 AM

i would rather the forwarding option best that way i wouldnt
have to worry about going somewhere else to view email.

not saying that logging into the server would be cool for
email but it would cut down on having to setup usernames
and accounts plus it would be alot safer to just
do email redirects

Posted by: Joey Jun 22 2004, 10:28 AM

I would personally rather do the email forwarding option too. It's cheap for me to run, easy to maintain and I don't have to worry about losing peoples mail smile.gif

Posted by: Joey Jun 22 2004, 10:53 AM

Hi All,

I've decided that I'm going to go with the email fowarding option.

So here is what is currently up for grabs.

1 free email forwarding account.

Account includes:
Anti-spam and anti-virus filtering service powered by MX Logic. (
You can foward your to whatever address you like.

There are no advertisements etc.

I'm going to create a sign-up form shortly and throw it on the site. Stay tuned for more details.

Posted by: Joey Jun 22 2004, 11:25 AM

There's going to be some restrictions on the accounts.

All users are going to have to be signed up to the forums (which all of you are) and there's probably going to be a minimum number of posts (nothing high, maybe 15-20 posts). This will hopefully cut down on bogus accounts etc. All accounts will be manually created and scrutinized by myself. If you need to make changes to the forwarding address once it has been created, you must log into your forums account and send me a PM (this way you are authenticated and I don't have to worry about security.)

Also, I'm not ruling out the possibilty for an actual mailbox (pop3, webmail) for those who want them. Once everything is set up, PM me for more info.

I have a few other things to figure out (terms and conditions, etc etc) so I'm not sure of a launch date yet. I will keep you all posted though.


Posted by: Termina Jun 28 2004, 01:39 AM

Thanks for the forwarding thus far. =)

I have alot of profiles to update with my new email address. wink.gif and looks alot cooler than (I have no idea what other domains you all use, could someone enlighten me? happy.gif)

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