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Yet another SMTP question

Maarten Goddijn
Young and passionate spiritual teacher, starting up an online school for spiritual training.
・1 min read

Hi everyone,

Here's a question about configuring SMTP for a selfhosted forem.

I know there are multiple topics about similar problems. But I have tried every possible solution that was named there. Without luck.

And now it's keeping me from making further progressions in setting up my selfhosted Forem...

What I've tried so far:
-following all the instructions in the admin docs
-changing the default_email in the .env file. As well as setting and unsetting it.
-setting up sendgrid. Both domain verification and single sender verification work fine.
-have used an SMTP tester tool as was linked by @akhil to test both the original and the sendgrid auth details. They also work fine.
-varying all the usual ports and varying the three auth options.

Everything seems to be set up correctly and/or return positive feedback. However, still no email invitations coming from my selfhosted forem arrive at the invitees/test users. Same goes for confirmation emails.

Now, I know using GitHub or Twitter OAuth can be a workaround, but I don't want to require any of my future users to register with those websites before they can access the community. So this is not an option.

Any solution or help troubleshooting is more than welcome! 🙏

Discussion (8)

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

Hey @maartengoddijn , @coffeecraftcode is looking into an answer for you here. Thank you for bearing with us.

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Maarten Goddijn Author

🙏That's good news. Let me know if I can be of any help.

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Christina Gorton

Hey @maartengoddijn one of our engineers @maestromac can try to help you debug this issue but he would need to be made a Super Admin on your Forem.

If you would rather him not be a Super Admin here are some quick guesses on possible problems:

  • typo somewhere?
  • a field wasn't entered?
  • credential entered in an improper format?
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Maarten Goddijn Author

Hi @coffeecraftcode ,

Thanks for your reply! No problem, I can make @maestromac superadmin for debugging for some time. Shall I send him a private message about the details or will he get in touch?

I think I have double checked the things on that list of possibilities more than once... But let's find out!

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Mac Siri

Hello! maybe I have a link to your forem so that I may sign up?

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Maarten Goddijn Author

I have just enabled Github oauth so you can sign up.

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Hello, just out of curiosity, what was the issue here? Is it now working?

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Maarten Goddijn Author

Not yet. Nothing has been tried so far. I'm sure @maestromac will have time for it soon. Hopefully we'll find out then. Will share answers if I have them.