An autoresponder is a program or script run on a mail server that automatically replies to emails. Typical uses for autoresponders include automating the process of acknowledging customer inquiries (e.g. if you email firstname.lastname@example.org the server will acknowledge the receipt of your inquiry) and alerting people that you’re on vacation or out of the office for an extended period of time.
The original autoresponders were simple scripts that sent messages to email senders indicating that the message they had sent was undeliverable to the user or host to which they had addressed it.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 04/9/13