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Google Summer of Code 2014 Wikimedia

Adding proper email bounce handling to MediaWiki (with VERP)

by Tony Thomas for Wikimedia

Improperly handled email bounces can cause for a lot of resource wastage, specially for a vast community like Wikipedia which handles tonnes of mails daily. A return bounce is generated to the sender address ( on an email delivery failure and currently, its forwarded to /dev/null. VERP implementation can help in finding out and un-confirming email address of failing recipients.