First, I have read the posts on mass email. And the problem is not the host, the problem is the code uses "BCC" to send the email in smtp.php. It was not designed to send more than a few dozens emails. So I to am getting the line 165 smtp.php error, which is simply a response limit from the server for a ridiculous 5000+ names in the BCC line.
I have my own server sitting right in front of me, I just sent 17,000 emails with my normal website's registered user database which I wrote myself, so there are no mail/smtp issues, I can send a billion emails out if I wish, I control everything. Now, I want to email all my "forum" users with the new product information, but Phpbb seems to be very limited in mass email. So, I need one of the following, so I don't have to write it myself:
1. A mod that can do proper mass emails, in other words, one email per user, queues them and sends them out 10 a second or so until the user database is sent, not something that uses BCC and tries to add 5000 names in the bcc line. I read something about "mega mail", but searched the site and it can't seem to find what I am looking for, specifically the mega mail mod, whatever it is.
2. A way to get every email address out of the forum without me going into the database tables and writing a query to extract them myself. I have looked in the admin controls and can't seem to find a simple "export emails or user list".
3. phpbb3 seems to have no added features in this area of mass emailing, and we aren't quite ready to upgrade yet, can't afford something to go wrong around xmas time with so much traffic, so not an option really.
Thanks in advance,