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I did a search online already and no one who answers has a real understanding or explanation and most importantly, a solution.  That is probably because it doesn't happen to the people who answer in particular.  But I find several examples of people asking the question, so it is something that does happen.  

This continues to happen.  It is not an exception.  A friend and I communicate often, in fact daily.  Sometimes the e-mails go right through, sometimes it takes hours or even a day or so for the e-mail to make it into the in-box.

Hello Art,

thanks for your question!

It can happen that emails get delayed for various reasons. e.g. AOL often refuses emails from various sources for "possible spam" first and if the sender server sends a 2nd time then it's getting passed on to the receiver, else it's considered spam (as spammer servers never retry if it failed the first try on delivery).

It could also be that the receiver server was down for the time the email was supposed to get delivered. some providers then try resending it another time after 24h. some providers try this 5 times to deliver the message, hence it can take 5 days until you get an undeliverable notitce.

And another positibilty ia slso that the destination receiver was just too overloaded for processing the email.

Sometimes sending an email with wrong time and/or date can cause troubles too.

Those are all things you cannot influence at all

I especially noticed this when receiving emails from AOL, Hotmail and Yahoo mail.

Hope this gives you some insight!
All the best!


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Joerg Droege


I did an education as a Management Assistant in Informatics, I am using the Opera browser since year 2000 & the M2 email client since 2004. I will do my best to answer also other email related questions and email client settings related, etc. But please no Outlook or Outlook Express questions, since I do not use that. (But if you really want to ask in that field, I will sure do try my best to answer your question nicely and correctly anyway :) ). This includes but is not limited to web based email or whatever comes to your mind.


I am a Management Assistant in Informatics education which was done under the control of the CCI (Chamber of Commerce and Industry). And had to solve various PC, email and other related problems. Using computers since 1990.

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