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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 [67.231.153.242]

   ----- 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 name@whatever.example. 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?


Update:

I got a reply - he answered! Amazing!

  • I'm closing this question as off-topic because it is not about running your own website or setting up email for your domain. – Stephen Ostermiller Aug 31 '18 at 17:19
  • @StephenOstermiller I came here because of this post. – luchonacho Aug 31 '18 at 17:28
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    Setting up a custom domain email as per that question is on-topic. We don't accept questions here unless they are related to your site or domain. – Stephen Ostermiller Aug 31 '18 at 18:04
  • I've added another answer with more detail to that post. – Stephen Ostermiller Aug 31 '18 at 18:15
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There’s still an MX DNS record for netscape.net, which points to an AOL/Yahoo mail server, so your email should be going somewhere.

  • Thanks! How do you know this? Can you add some links or reference? (not that I don't believe you, but I want to learn about it). – luchonacho Aug 31 '18 at 15:17
  • try this mxtoolbox.com/… – alo Malbarez Aug 31 '18 at 17:22

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