I know there’s been several threads on this topic, but I’m curious what the general consensus might be. I set up a mail server on Digital Ocean last week and it works beautifully. Yahoo accepts mail, AOL accepts mail, not sure yet about the Microsoft mail services. But Gmail just passes the mail to SPAM. There’s no flag, everything is “pass”, but it goes to SPAM. If I reply to the email, the next email from MiaB will go through to the Inbox (the answered mail “cures” it). But, of course that doesn’t work unless the the mail is answered and that would assume that people check their SPAM folder. Headers look exactly the same on email that goes to SPAM and email that doesn’t, so Gmail must have their own blacklist. I’m not blacklisted anywhere else – I get a 10/10 on mail-tester.com. All is green in System Check. I’ve done a couple different email fix requests with Google (haven’t heard back yet) but I’m guessing there’s a switch they have to turn “on.”
The “solutions” I’ve seen so far seem “iffy.” Don’t use Digital Ocean. Use an out-of-country server with Digital Ocean. Change your IP. Wait for two or three months and Google will start accepting the email. Send your email to a verifier of some sort. None of this appeals to me. I like a black and white problem/solution. For personal use, I can work around it. If it’s a matter of waiting. I can do that. (As a matter of fact, I will do that if I have no other choice.) Mostly (personally) I just would like to know “why,” or at least get an educated guess what’s going on.
My main problem is, I was planning on setting up a mail server for my father. I can’t very well say, “you can send mail to just about any address … except Gmail and maybe Microsoft.”
So, mostly just a little frustrated and looking for reasons, or at least hints to where to look. Thank you.
And thanks to MiaB. Incredibly easy to set up.
Oh, one more question. What happens when Ubuntu 14.04 reaches EOL?