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    Custom SMTP sending method failing again

    Asked by StudioBe on December 04, 2016 at 03:54 PM

    I have now had multiple submissions emails fails from multiple forms that are running on custom SMPT senders. Can someone please tell me when this will be fixed? This has been intermittent for almost 1 full year now. Please fix ASAP as this is part of what we are paying for!

    Last time this happened, your CTO had to get involved to fix the problem! I am very unhappy with how JF has handled this issue and how frequent it happens. If custom SMTP sender addresses is not something you can offer, please do not advertise it! I DO NOT want to hear that your "back end team" is working to fix it! Just get it done!


    Here are the two forms I've had failures on within the last 24 hrs:





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    JotForm Support

    Answered by Mike on December 04, 2016 at 04:26 PM

    The issue has been escalated to our Next Level Support to proceed with the further investigation on this matter.

    We will get back to you once we have any more information.

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    Answered by StudioBe on December 04, 2016 at 05:39 PM

    Mike This is the answer I get every single time. Meanwhile, my form failed again about 2 mins ago. I CAN NOT keep going back in and correcting the issue every single time JT fails. Please fix!!!!

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    Answered by jonathan on December 04, 2016 at 06:46 PM

    We apologize for any inconvenience caused. I understand your frustration as well.

    As Mike already mentioned we have escalated this thread to the higher team support already. I am sorry if we could not suggest to you any other way to fix the SMTP issue at this level since it is most likely to be on the back-end system.

    The most we can suggest for now to prevent you missing out an email notice is to not use the SMTP method and use for now the normal settings (i.e. use default email noreply@jotform.com as sender email)

    The dev assigned to this ticket will surely will provide update notice here as soon as available.

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    Answered by StudioBe on December 12, 2016 at 03:34 PM

    Thank you again for the same old response Jonathan. Unfortunately, many email servers see the noreply address as junk so that IS NOT an option!!

    I had the same form fail again on Saturday. It is mostly this form that fails. None of my other forms using custom SMTP senders have failed in months. Can someone please look into the times in which this is taking place? Is it because we are sending out 100s of these in a short amount of time??

    I understand that you are looking into it but I need there to be some actual solutions offered. Fix the problem so it doesn't keep happening. Custom SMTP sender addresses is part of the service you offer and I need it to work. Thank you!

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    Answered by Kevin_G on December 12, 2016 at 06:21 PM


    Please accept our sincere apologies for this inconvenient.

    I have checked the threads you have opened and I can see you have indeed reported a problem with emails on multiple threads, some of the tickets have been reported to our second level and they are marked as resolved so far. 

    I can see in the current ticket that has been escalated here my colleague reported that you are constantly getting this problem, the ticket has been marked as "very important", at the moment this needs to be checked by our back-end team since we are limited to check only the email logs for your account, but checking this in a deeper way will help to find and resolve the problem. 

    I will submit a comment and ask for updates regarding this to the assigned developer, we  will update you via this thread as soon as possible. 

    Thank you. 


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    Answered by StudioBe on March 26, 2017 at 03:35 PM


    This is still an issue. This form: https://form.jotformpro.com/42026200943948 is still failing to send via custom smtp sender. I am getting fail notifications sent to me daily and the form is defaulting to the "noreply@jotform.com" sender. Which unfortunately ends up in clients junk folders.



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    Answered by jonathan on March 26, 2017 at 05:30 PM

    I checked your form https://www.jotformpro.com/form/42026200943948 and I noted that the form autoresponder emails were both base on condition rules. There was also no default Notifier or Autoresponder email setup on the form.


    It is possible for submission email not to be sent if the conditional email rules will not match or incorrect.

    What I suggest you do is to add also a default Notification Email on the form to make sure that at least an email notice will be sent to you.

    If possible also add a default Autoresponder email that will be sent only to the email address that the user will provide in the form (Recipient Email)

    Let us know if there is issue we do not know about as to why you did not include default Notifier and Autoresponder on your form. We will look into it further once we have a better understanding of this setup.

    I will also make a follow up to the developer assigned on the bug ticket report if there is update available.


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    Answered by StudioBe on March 26, 2017 at 05:48 PM
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    Answered by StudioBe on March 26, 2017 at 05:49 PM

    Jonathan, this has nothing to do with anything. It's Jotform that defaults the email sender to the noreply@jotform.com address. This happens when a submission email (autoresponder or otherwise) is setup to use a custom smtp address to send and instead it fails due to a Jotform server issue. I've been dealing with this for over a year! I've been told that a tier 2 support team member will handle it more times than I can count. Even had your CTO get involved last year. This is a Jotform issue with the custom SMTP sender feature and it needs to be addressed asap!

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    Answered by jonathan on March 26, 2017 at 07:09 PM

    I made a follow up on this ticket already. For now, we can only wait for the response from our developer to know what they have to say about this issue.


    Just to clarify on my previous suggestion, I meant that you should try adding a default Notification Email on the form (while still using custom SMTP email as the Sender Email) that does not use conditions. 

    The same also by adding Autoresponder Email that have no condition rules attached to it. You can also set the Sender email to that of your custom SMTP email.

    The email alert should always be sent without any condition rules in consideration. 


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    Answered by StudioBe on March 28, 2017 at 11:45 PM

    Attn: JotForm Support!

    I had the following form fail to send via the custom SMTP sender method this evening: https://www.jotform.com/build/22537198705965#preview

    This issue has not been resolved! Its been over a year and its complete BS that I have to keep nagging you about this. FIX THE PROBLEM WITH CUSTOM SMTP SENDERS!

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by Chriistian on March 29, 2017 at 04:17 AM

    Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Have you tried adding a default notification email as suggested by my colleague and see if this helps to solve the issue? 

    I also checked your form (http://www.jotformpro.com/form/22537198705965) and I noticed that the email notifications have also condition rules set. If the condition wasn't met, there could be a possibility that the email will not be sent to the recipient. That's why we are suggesting to create a  default email notification.

    Regarding the bug ticket, I will ask an update from our developers and we will let you know in this thread once this is fixed.


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    Answered by StudioBe on March 29, 2017 at 12:55 PM

    Honestly, I dont know how many times I can explain this to you guys... THE DEFAULT NOTIFICATION EMAIL (noreply@jotform.com) GETS SENT TO SPAM MORE OFTEN THAN NOT! We cannot use the default email address. The best shot we have of getting out emails delivered is through the use of custom SMTP senders!

    AND... The conditions have nothing to do with this! The conditions were met, the submission email tried to send, hit your server and failed. I got an email, as I do once or twice a week, informing me that it failed to send. If you look in my log file, you will see all the times where my emails have failed due to the use of a custom SMTP address and your servers!

    This is 100% a technical issue on your end!

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by Mike on March 29, 2017 at 02:41 PM

    The bug report ticket attached to this thread is still open and marked as very important. Unfortunately, there are no other updates as of this time.

    I have added an additional note that the issue is still happening, it should be delivered to our developers.

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    Answered by StudioBe on March 29, 2017 at 03:04 PM

    Mike, See above from December. You literally told me the same thing! When is this actually going to be fixed?

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    Answered by Kevin_G on March 29, 2017 at 04:21 PM

    Apologies for the delay this has been taken to get resolved. 

    Do note that tickets are worked based on priority and the number of users the issue is affecting, we've sent comments and still there's not an update regarding this issue. However, we will make sure to let you know as soon as we receive any notice about it. 

    Thank you for your understanding. 

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    Answered by Mike on March 30, 2017 at 03:45 PM

    Our developers identified that the problem appears to be related to Amazon Web Services platform that we use. We will let you know once the issue is fixed.

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    Answered by StudioBe on April 07, 2017 at 09:34 PM


    Again, you've told me that the issue was identified and being taken care of and again my forms are failing. Could this be a server issue as it happens primarily during high traffic times??

    Why is this not fixed after over a year???!

    Here is the links to the two forms that have failed today:




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    Answered by jonathan on April 07, 2017 at 10:41 PM

    As of latest notice from this ticket, our developer have mentioned that the issue had relation to the problem on AWS email service on our end. 

    Currently a fix is being work own for an alternative external email sender. We will notify you here once we have fix available.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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    Answered by StudioBe on April 13, 2017 at 06:15 PM


    You've been saying the same exact thing for over a year. What awful customer service! This form has failed 3 times this week: https://form.jotformpro.com/42026200943948

    I need someone to provide me with a date. Not another BS, stock, "we're working on it", answer. I need an actual date as to when this will be fixed. You offer custom SMTP senders as a part of your service but I spend more time fixing these issues than its worth. So when will this be fixed???'

    If you cant give me an actual date or some kind of progress, I need to get Ertuğrul involved!

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    Answered by StudioBe on April 13, 2017 at 06:18 PM

    This was from over a year ago! Fixed permanently? My butt!

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    Answered by Kevin_G on April 13, 2017 at 07:33 PM


    We really apologize for the inconveniences this have caused to you. 

    On the last update we received we were notified that our developers were working on a solution to fix this issue with the SMTP sender. 

    I will send another note in order to get updates about this, we cannot provide the exact date about when this will get fixed, but we will let you know as soon as we receive any update about it. 

    Thank you for your understanding. 


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    Answered by StudioBe on April 14, 2017 at 06:57 PM

    UPDATE: This is related to using custom SMTP senders. All forms using custom SMTP senders are failing! Please fix now!


    Usually, I can fix these failures by resetting my forms and re-adjusting the "send by" settings. I cannot do that this time around. They are failing no matter what I do!


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    Answered by Kiran on April 14, 2017 at 10:40 PM

    Sorry for the trouble caused. Unfortunately, a few hours ago we have experienced some issue with the emails. However, the issue has been fixed by our backend team. Could you check once if the emails are being sent now?