Originally Posted by Mr. C.
There are plenty of broken auto-responders. Check the Ubuntu bugs server or mailing list to see if this issue is known or resolved since your release.
thanks for the suggestion... i have checked bug reports on the many broken auto-responders. this particular issue hasn't been seen it seems till now. and as for reporting this "bug" to ubuntu... http://glyphobet.net/blog/essay/140
i just hoped somehow someone somewhere would stumble upon this question someday who may have gone through it before or have a better idea about it, and suggest a possible solution that i've obviously missed.