Since you're having e-mail problems, why don't you setup a link on the front page to post e-mail news that otherwise would get lost, to a private forum that only you can read. That way when your e-mail server goes down, anyone can post news to your board. Just make sure that they have to login in to do it.
Interesting idea, but I'm afraid it's not that practical. A lot of the mail we get is from companies and other sites that use mailing lists, and they simply have the email@example.com address included as one of many. We certainly can't expect them to specifically visit our site and post, say, a press release into that forum, when a mailing list is so much more convenient to them.
Further, our mention of the temporary address yesterday in the news, and using it in the menu & title bars, is not really picked up by everyone visiting us and then sending in a story, as we got less than half the mail volume we normally get from people not using the aforementioned mailing lists. I guess folks often have the news@ address already in their address book, and old habits are hard to temporarily break.
Maybe everyone even gets used to posting news for your access only and it might even start taking a big load of your server.
Our mail is handled by a different machine than the rest of the site (and one we don't have direct access to, that's a big part of the problem). So using a submission forum on our website would actually add (however little) to our server load rather than reduce it.
Anyway, thanks for everyone's feedback, our mail server resumed its duties a few hours ago, so we'll be fine until the next calamity
or until we move elsewhere (which is being worked on for some time already).
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3D Gamers admin, http://www.3dgamers.com/This comment was edited on May 9, 18:41.