General web-signup activation emails have approx 60% success rate of reaching my mail box
I cannot be the only person to notice this!!!
This has been going on for probably 2 years at least now.
I don't use AOL mail for my mail box and this is THE main reason.
I'd really rather not use Gmail.
I've been a die-hard AIM-fan since I created this screen name in 1998. My account is definitely older than a lot of your AOL employees !!! LOL!!!
As you can see, I have an interest in keeping my screen name alive. Not only that, but it WOULD be really nice if I could depend on this mailbox but I simply cannot.
Any time I go to a well-known website such as Wordpress (for example), if I attempt to use this mailbox as my registration email, there is a really strong chance that the automated activation email that the web-server sends, will never reach my mailbox.
I don't want to hear anything about SPAM boxes, you're dumb if you even think about suggesting it. Do you REALLY think I'm that stupid? Well I don't appreciate being reminded to check my SPAM box. It's worse than a girlfriend who whines about toilet-seat position! It's like OMG, so you're mad at ME because you didn't bother to turn the light on and sat down without looking, LOL! It's not much different than suggesting the most basic101 solution to a problem I've had for 2 years.....
I suspect the problem has something to do with these Activation emails being Automated (can trick aggressive anti-DDOS protection to trigger). More than that though, I remember back in the days of writhing open source projects for the AIM OSCAR protocol (before ya'll suicided it), the protocol had semi-aggressive "Rate-Limiting."
What I think is possible,
If AOL is still using some type of Rate Limiting,
Then potentially there can be hundreds of people around the world who tried to make a WordPress Account today.
If your server is low on hampster power, it might be blocking a large portion of these requests due to a high volume of them.
Please fix this!
(and come up with a better Default suggestion than "check spam")
We really appreciate your loyalty! Thank you for your feedback, we will pass it along our Product team. It is possible some emails coming from poor IP senders to be stopped before coming to your Inbox, in this case only our Postmaster team can investigate it. The sender would need to contact our team at https://postmaster.yahooinc.com/ if their emails are not being received by AOL users.
AOL Mail team