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FRONT PAGE  |  7/29/2021
Choice News FRIDAY, SEP 26, 2003  |  5 comments
SermonAudio Announcement Regarding AOL Users

Attention AOL Users

It has come to our attention that AOL has blocked our server from sending email to any AOL email address. This has come to pass because (apparently) a number of complaints were issued to AOL regarding the weekly email newsletter being interpreted as "SPAM".

This is a huge mistake.

The weekly newsletter email is NOT SPAM. This is a newsletter that you have voluntarily signed up for in exchange for *FREE* access to the largest MP3 audio sermon library (over 26,000+ sermons) on the web. This was made abundantly clear when you typed in your email address on the newsletter subscription page.

Because of this action, we had no choice but to remove all AOL addresses from our weekly newsletter. Consequently, this means that if you supplied an AOL email address when attempting to listen to a sermon, you will have to do one of the following:

  1. Use a different (non-AOL) email address.

  2. Or, petition to AOL to allow us to send email to AOL addresses. The exact server that needs to gain access is "newsletter.sermonaudio.com" (IP address: 64.208.234.8). We are sending out our newsletter emails from that server.
Of course, the second option would be the better choice. We therefore encourage all and any AOL members who enjoy using SermonAudio to send an email to the AOL support desk making it clear that our servers are NOT sending SPAM and to open the door once again for our servers to send emails to AOL members.

In lieu of this situation, we have tightened the entire mechanism of accepting email addresses for the weekly newsletter. From now on, when you enter an email address on the newsletter subscription page, an automated email will immediately be sent to the supplied address to see if it is (a) a valid address, and (b) indeed your own personal email address (as opposed to someone else's!). If either of these cases fail, you will be prompted (again) to enter an email address until a correct address is entered. We were forced to make these changes in order to circumvent abuses being made to the free services we are providing. Please do not abuse the system.

Please direct any further questions to [email protected]. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Sincerely,
Steven Lee, Founder SermonAudio.com

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Just to give an update: It appears that this issue has been resolved (for now) with AOL. Let us know if you're still experiencing difficulties gaining free access to the site with your AOL email address. Thank you for your patience and continued support! The bigger the site becomes, the more challenging it is to manage. But we're doing our best! Thank you!
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News Item10/3/03 9:10 AM
Chris  
The best way to ensure this doesn't happen is to make your mailing list double opt-in. That is, when a person puts in their address on your site, the first message that arrives requires them to click on a link or reply to the message to verify that they are the correct recipient.
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News Item9/29/03 7:48 AM
Thomas | Pennsylvani  
I never asked AOL to send me all of those sign-up CD's over the years. Maybe the postal service should just stop delivering any regular mail which comes from AOL (or Time Warner).
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News Item9/28/03 10:27 PM
BH | USA  
This is not the first time AOL does this. They block an entire ISP provider who I paid for a dial-up service 2 years ago because of a glitch in our ISPs system that was accidently opened to allow spammers to send out mail. Many of the members on my design team as well as family members could not hear from me. The situation was corrected.
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News Item9/28/03 8:58 PM
Jackie | Florida  Contact via email
I think it is preposterous. How can you block a site when people sign up for the email. Please AOL users go to keyword Tell Us and lodge a protest, I have.
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