Here is an example of how NOT to retire an unused email address..
I was going through our bugtracker today for Plucker and pilot-link issues as I was preparing for another pilot-link release (0.12.3, woo!), and decided to go through all of the legacy issues marked as Resolved, and mark them as Closed, to clean up the view for developers and other users.
Many of these bugs were posted months and years ago, from users who have since moved on, or changed their email addresses. When a bug is modified, or the status is changed, the posting user and anyone monitoring those bugs will get an email with the updated information.
One of the emails I got back today was just too funny NOT to share, so here it is:
Received: from mailhub2.otago.ac.nz (mailhub2.otago.ac.nz [18.104.22.168]) by neptune.gnu-designs.com (8.13.8/8.13.8-SELinux) with ESMTP id lA9HiqEp030400 for ; Fri, 9 Nov 2007 12:44:52 -0500 Received: from caradhras.otago.ac.nz (caradhras.otago.ac.nz [22.214.171.124]) by mailhub2.otago.ac.nz (8.13.8/8.13.8) with ESMTP id lA9HFs87017375 for ; Sat, 10 Nov 2007 06:15:54 +1300 Received: from cyrus by caradhras.otago.ac.nz with local (Exim 3.36 #1 (Debian)) id 1IqXLR-00019S-00 for ; Sat, 10 Nov 2007 06:08:37 +1300 Message-ID: Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2007 06:08:37 +1300 X-Sieve: CMU Sieve 2.2 From: <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: FUCK OFF In-Reply-To: Auto-Submitted: auto-replied (vacation) MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit X-DSPAM-Result: Innocent X-DSPAM-Processed: Fri Nov 9 12:54:14 2007 X-DSPAM-Confidence: 0.8154 X-DSPAM-Improbability: 1 in 443 chance of being spam X-DSPAM-Probability: 0.0000 X-DSPAM-Signature: 3,47349ec6309294127285747 X-Evolution-Source: imap://email@example.com/ This is an automated message informing you to fuck off and stop sending me SPAM. This email address is not in use. !DSPAM:3,47349ec6309294127285747!
This is an example of how NOT to retire an email address you plan on never using again.