On 12-01-06 10:48 PM, Brenda J. Butler wrote:
On Fri, Jan 06, 2012 at 10:42:47PM -0500, Brenda J. Butler wrote:
On Fri, Jan 06, 2012 at 10:28:34PM -0500, Shawn H Corey wrote:
On 12-01-06 10:12 PM, Brenda J. Butler wrote:
The email protocol does not include any way to check if the
email has been read.
People have used other tricks to tell if the email has been opened.
One is the "include a link and if the person clicks on it, the
email has been read".
Another is the "include a picture and if that picture is downloaded,
the picture has been read".
Won't work. I have a filter on my email that checks to see if you're on
my black list, and if so, sends it directly to trash and marks it read.
I never see it.
This "marks it read" feature is for you to know which emails you have
read. It is not for the sender to know whether you have read their
message. That is a separate feature, implemented differently.
The "emails I've read" information is kept locally on your machine,
about which emails that you've already received have been read
by you. It is not part of the email exchange protocol at all.
If my machine marks it as read and sends back a receipt saying so, the
sender will think I have read it when in fact, I have not. There is no
way to guarantee a person has read the mail. The only thing you can tell
is that somewhere along the line a machine has marked it as read. The
only way to guarantee that the mail has reached the recipient's machine
is to search that machine for it. Email is *not* guaranteed.
Just my 0.00000002 million dollars worth,
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