[nycphp-talk] Removing email addresses from DB from bounced emails

Jan Horsman jhorsman at
Mon Aug 4 07:39:43 EDT 2003

You could start with manually gathering bounced messages. Then look for
common used words in these messages (such as bounced, warning, unknows
address). Based on a few rules you can determine wich mails are bounced
e-mails, there is no standarisation on bounced e-mails. To determine to
which account or e-mail address the bounced message belongs, I would put an
unique id in the header of the eNewsletter and store thus id in the

Using this method you can nog filter all bounced messages, but depending on
the rules you used, filter a lot of them.

Succes, Jan

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:talk-bounces at]On Behalf Of Stephen Musgrave
Sent: zondag 3 augustus 2003 17:50
To: nyPHP - Talk Talk
Subject: [nycphp-talk] Removing email addresses from DB from bounced

Ok, so in the fury of development, I have been a bit lazy in managing the
table that holds all of the email addresses for my eNewsletter.  I know
there are scripts out there that 'listen' to the inbox and removes the email
address of any bounced messages.

I'm interested to know if there are any recommendations, lessons learned,
advice, etc before I delve into this project.



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