Writing software that deals with automated message processing on the Internet is, in a word, painful. The number of people who cannot seem to read simple specifications and/or proposals is staggering.
And one would think that if you can’t read specifications, you’d at least bother to “View message source” on a few thousand e-mail message to get a feel for how some other (well known) companies are doing it, INSTEAD OF INVENTING YOUR OWN STANDARD.
So, if you’re sending out automated e-mail messages, for example, please add one of these headers:
auto-submitted x-auto-response-supress precedence feedback-id x-autoreply
I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to look them up … and if you’re doing some kind of mailing list stuff, please add:
You may now resume sleep mode.