AOL Lameness

Mike Lyon mike.lyon at
Mon Oct 2 18:06:13 UTC 2006

OK, I should clarify this. The description that is on that link I put
in my original e-mail doesn't actually describe what is happening, but
that is the error they spit back at me.

What really is happening is that the url that is in my e-mail and when
you reolve it to an IP, if you do a reverse lookup on that IP, it
comes back with a generic DNS entry that my colo provider has assigned
to it. So the issue seems to be that the reverse DNS entry and the
domain name don't match. But this isn't really an issue, a lot of
providers do it this way.

But why is AOL being lame with this?


On 10/2/06, Matt Baldwin <baldwinmathew at> wrote:
> Yes, I'm noticing this too.  Very lame indeed.  Doing a quick Google
> on it in the Groups it seems that it was a feature that was enabled
> earlier this year.  My guess is they turned it off, then turned it
> back on. Anyone from AOL care to explain this behavior and what should
> be communicated to the end-user?
> Thanks.
> -matt
> On 10/2/06, Mike Lyon <mike.lyon at> wrote:
> >
> > Is anyone else noticing new AOL lameness that when you send an e-mail
> > to an AOL user and if the e-mail has a URL in it but the reverse
> > lookup of that url doesn't come back to that domain name that AOL's
> > postmaster rejects it and gives you this URL:
> >
> >
> > This has to be new policty for them because it never rejected them before...
> >
> > Ugh.
> >
> > -Mike
> >

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