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 My donation is not active yet
Author: V.Pylon   (17 Jan 05 12:11pm)

I donated an mx entry about 3 days ago and it is still not active. Did I make an mistake? The domain is

Thank you,

 Re: My donation is not active yet
Author: M.Prince   (17 Jan 05 9:45pm)
It looks like our system found some errors in your DNS configuration so your donation has not activated yet. Here's the error we encountered:

* check:
More than one MX encountered
More than one MX encountered
Result: NS0

When I do a DIG on your domain it looks like you have two MX records configured:

; <<>> DiG 9.2.2 <<>> mx
;; global options: printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 54155
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 3, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0


;; ANSWER SECTION: 3510 IN CNAME 3600 IN MX 0 3600 IN MX 10

;; Query time: 90 msec
;; WHEN: Mon Jan 17 20:39:34 2005
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 124

In order for the MX to activate, you need to remove the MX pointing to We check that non-Project Honey Pot mail servers are not the destination of MX records to help ensure our system cannot be used to abuse someone. In your case, if the Project Honey Pot mail server were down for a period of time, mail would fall-over to the secondary mail server (

You also may want to consider donating a subdomain other than the root if you ever want to use this domain for other mail service in the future. For example, you could donate:
 Re: My donation is not active yet
Author: V.Pylon   (19 Jan 05 10:45am)
Thank you, I missed the other MX entry. It has been removed. Also, I don't mind that you have the root for email purposes. This is just an extra domain I wound up never using. Although I had intended to let it expire, I will keep it up for another year just for honey pot usage. I love the idea of being an obstacle to spammers.

 Re: My donation is not active yet
Author: A.Allerton   (29 Jan 05 1:13pm)
I have a similar problem. I am using a domain with a dynamic DNS service, and a mail backup, so that if my mail server is unavailable, mail is accepted by the backup service.

I have donated a sub-domain, and the mail backup service applies to sub-domains as well as the domain. I don't think this can be changed.

It appears to be this which is preventing the activation, as the second priority MX record is for the backup service.

AIUI, if for some reason mail for the domain (or sub-domain) can't be delivered, it is stored temporarily by the backup, then sent when the first mail server (for the domain or sub-domain) is available again. In practice this happens automatically.

Can this situation not be accommodated? I am happy to register another domain just for the donation if necessary.

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