I am trying to contact a person which employer organisation states can be reached at
<name>@netscape.net. I have sent an email to this address from my gmail account a few hours ago, and so far have not received the standard message one gets if the address does not exist:
The original message was received at Fri, 31 Feb 2017 09:50:59 -0400 (EDT) from mx0b-00256a01.pphosted.com [188.8.131.52] ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors ----- <name>@netscape.net (reason: 550-5.1.1 The email account that you tried to reach does not exist. Please try) etc...
I know nowadays you can set up email accounts of the like
email@example.com. However, this person is an old academic (80+), now retired, and I get the impression that email might have been valid at a time when netscape was still around.
How can I know if I have the sightest chance of getting a reply? Is there anything I can do to test through a different mean if an email address is still valid?
I got a reply - he answered! Amazing!