I slightly changed the email settings to now to maybe use the username of the poster (instead of the really silly names). Let’s see how that works.
The more important reason why I made this thread and one that I’d like to hear feedback on is the email service.
Right now this forum uses mailgun which we can use for free as the volume of email is pretty low.
But it has some issues: some users don’t receive mail because the ip that mailgun happened to assign to us got blacklisted (it changes every now and then) by someone abusing their service and causing also issues for us (it would cost a ton of money to have mailgun give us a dedicated ip to avoid this issue). The other is that sometimes it takes a bit long for mailgun to decide to send out an email. I made this thread now as I took a look at the mailgun logs for the first time in a while.
So what is the alternative? Right now one that I’m considering is using an email server already installed on this server, the same one that the development forum uses. As that is not shared it shouldn’t get blacklisted (unless it already is, because then I’d have to try to contact any blacklists that have it in order to unlist it) and there is no mail send limit other than how much mail one server can send out (which should be even higher than the free usage on mailgun). The big problem with this approach is that it seems that gmail, for example, very easily puts messages from my server into spam for some reason that I don’t know, but luckily it seems to only put the first email into spam and then all subsequent ones (after marking the first as not spam) actually go to the inbox.