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      • #2319927
        Susan Bradley

        2020 is not a good year for technology… Gmail is not having a good day.
        [See the full post at: Gmail – it’s not you it’s them]

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

      • #2319939
        AskWoody Plus

        I was getting errors for their SMTP server for awhile today.

        • This reply was modified 4 months ago by Geo.
      • #2319949

        Not a good year for gmail surely, but I think if you compare it to Microsoft 365 and other competitors it will still look favorable in comparison.

        People are only freaked out because of how rare this is.

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        • #2320119

          People are only freaked out because of how rare this is.

          Yes, this is so true that gmail goes down very very rarely but MS outlook goes down constantly. I wish MS never bought hotmail in 1997, which went down rarely as well. After MS bought, it went down hill from there and converted to Outlook.

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      • #2319962
        AskWoody Lounger

        Part of this may be due to the recent emails Google sent out.

        Important policy changes for Google Account storage

        in which they state:

        If you’re inactive for 2 years (24 months) in Gmail, Drive or Photos, we may delete the content in the product(s) in which you’re inactive.

        Everyone is receiving these emails and may find they have old accounts they want to revive or delete.

        I may be typical: I have several accounts due to past projects and added more just before two-factor authentification came in – “in case I needed them”. Now I have to track down these old accounts and save the good stuff and nuke the rest.

        This won’t be the only reason for Gmail being down but it adds to the problem.


        • This reply was modified 4 months ago by firemind.
        • #2319970

          No, it’s not related 🙂

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        • #2320096
          AskWoody Plus

          Your accounts are safe for a good while yet  according to the policy change announcement:-

          “As this policy goes into effect 1 June 2021, the earliest it would be enforced is 1 June 2023.”

      • #2319985
        AskWoody Lounger

        It feels like Gmail and YouTube are still recovering from the mass outage on Monday.

        Considering everything related to Google was either down or intermittent, we’re probably lucky Gmail is even moderately usable.

        • This reply was modified 4 months ago by Moonbear.
      • #2319991

        There is a webpage for checking network status of all Google products/apps, including gmail:

        This is now reporting that this gmail outage should now be fixed:

        The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better. If you are still experiencing an issue, please contact us via the Google Help Centre.

        Affected users received a bounce notification with the error “The email account that you tried to reach does not exist” after sending an email to addresses ending in

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        • #2320052
          AskWoody Lounger

          I checked that status page was all green when the outage was going on!

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      • #2320227
        AskWoody Lounger

        Time, perhaps, to re-evaluate the ubiquity of Google and the devious role it plays in the life of the web?

      • #2320487

        Probably unrelated but two days ago Outlook stopped sending for one of my accounts. The ‘cure’ was to delete the offending account. However, setting up using the automated method did not work. I tweaked ports, needed to check outbound mail uses the same credentials as inbound and set TSL/SSL. manually.

        The account was not the prime account so, I needed to cancel sending, as well (opening in safe mode does not seem to do this).

      • #2330682
        E Pericoloso Sporgersi
        AskWoody Plus

        Does the server have a problem again, since yesterday?

        When in Thunderbird I want to check my Gmail mail, I get:

        “ responded: Username and password not accepted”.

        Is it me or is it Gmail?

        Gmail Webmail works fine with the same username and password as in Thunderbird.

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