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AOL webmail can’t send email to some addresses

Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 by 4 comments

AOL made some changes in the second half of 2008 to the way its customers’ outgoing email is sent when using AOL’s webmail option.  One result of these otherwise invisible changes is that messages sent by an AOL-using Front Porch Forum subscriber to any address do not arrive successfully.  So, regrettably, FPF will not receive neighborhood forum postings or requests for help made by email in this manner.  We’ve notified AOL many times and have received no response.  Here are solutions for AOL-using FPF members…

Post to your FPF neighborhood forum…

  1. Via our website. Go to and click Log In.  Once logged in successfully, click on “Using the Web” under “Post Your Message.”  Enter your message and headline and check your neighborhood forum.  Hit the “Post Message” button.
  2. Via email using an email client. AOL’s broken software appears to be tied to its webmail, so if you use an email client (e.g., Mozilla Thunderbird or Apple Mail) you should be able to post fine.
  3. Using a different email provider If you have a non-AOL email address, add it to your FPF account (go to, click Log In, then Account).  Then post using that email address.  Free Gmail is one option.

Contact FPF…

  1. Using our website… Again, you won’t be able to contact FPF using AOL’s webmail.

We’re sorry about this inconvenience.  It appears to be yet one more problem with AOL.  If you run into this problem, please complain to AOL and ask them to fix it.  Yahoo Mail has serious problems too.  We respectfully recommend not using either service if you have other viable options available to you.  Thanks for your participation.

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  1. roz payne says:

    this is a check to see if i can send mail to front porch with

    My daughter does green cleaning ( natural products) she is available to clean houses in Burlington, Richmond, Shelbourne,
    She charges $20 hour. please call
    802 598 5723 or leave message 434 3172

  2. Dave Ryan says:

    To eliminate the AOL/Yahoo message problem may I suggest you use a third party to revieve the messages and then enter them in the forum so they are accepted.

  3. Michael says:

    Thanks Dave… in a way, that’s what we do now. These two lumbering old giants just don’t seem to be able to respond effectively (or at all) to identified problems with their software. Let me think more about your suggestion. Thanks again.

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