Lesson 6   Auto Responders



What is an Autoresponder?
       Autoresponders are programs set up to send automated messages through e-mail. When an autoresponder receives an e-mail, an automated reply is sent to the original sender. Many companies offer autoresponder services for a fee, however, you may be connected to a server that offers free autoresponder service (ie: perhaps your school).

       The SCILnet schools will have access to a "vacation" autoresponder function with WebMail as soon as your school obtains and sets up their own e-mail server (however, the use of this function will be determined by your technology coordinator). You will be able to leave an autoresponding message indicating that you are on vacation. This message will be received by anyone who sends you e-mail while you are away.

       Autoresponders are a great way to practice sending and receiving e-mail, however, most have a more important function. Most autoresponders are designed to provide their audience with useful information. Autoresponders found as links on a web page require that your browser be configured to send e-mail. See your site trainer for assistance if needed.

Exercise 1: An Auto Response from Washington!

Write the President
This link will take you to the White house web site. Under "You can send electronic mail to:" you will see the President, Vice President, First Lady, and Mrs. Gore. Select one of these white house occupants and follow the instructions on sending an e-mail. Here you are actually filling out an HTML form that will be sent to an e-mail autoresponder.

Or, you can use your e-mail client and address an e-mail to one of the following autoresponders:

  • President@whitehouse.gov
  • Vice.President@whitehouse.gov
  • First.Lady@whitehouse.gov
  • mrs.gore@whitehouse.gov

You should receive a response very soon. Check your e-mail occasionally to see if you have received the response.


Assignment E-mail 6 - Autoresponders
  • Complete this part of the assignment if you are at your home computer (which we will assume is configured for your e-mail account) or if you are using a computer where the browser is configured to access your personal e-mail account (ie: Netscape Mail, IE Mail):
    Go to the following site and click on the link with this same name. IMPORTANT!! You will need to scroll down the page (very near the bottom) to find this autoresponder link.
    Barbarann M. Voron's Recipe for Fantastic, Frosty, Non-Alcoholic Party Punch!
    This will automatically launch your browser's e-mail component and you can send the mail. You should receive an automated response very soon. When you receive it, forward it to your site trainer for verification of this assignment.
  • Complete this part of the assignment if you are using WebMail or some other free e-mail service (not integrated with your browser):
    Open your e-mail client and send a blank message to the following address: recipe@voron.com  You should receive an automated response very soon. When you receive it, forward it to your site trainer for verification of this assignment.

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