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What is an Autoresponder?

Posted On 2007-11-26 by FortyPoundHead
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This is a program or script on a mail server that automatically replies to e-mails received for a certain account. Though it is run from the mail server, an autoresponder can usually be set up by the user through a Web-based interface.

For example, a company might set up an autoresponder for their support e-mail address. The reply might read something like, "We have received your support request. One of our technicians will make a half-hearted attempt to answer your question after he finishes his dart game in the lobby."

Individuals can also use autoresponders to let people know when they are away from their computer and won`t be able to respond to any e-mails for awhile. For example, you might set up an autoresponder for your personal e-mail address to say, "Sorry, I am on vacation in the Bahamas indefinitely. I`ll respond to your message if I ever decide to come back."

It is important to remember to reply to the message after the autroresponder has replied. After all, most people like to communicate with other people, rather than computers.


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