I emailed a professor asking about a graduate student position. Immediately, I received an empty email titled auto-reply. What does that mean? Can it be an indication that I won't be able to reach her via this email address?

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  • This question has nothing to do with academia, it’s a boat programming-type question about generic email issues. Voted to close. – Dan Romik Sep 25 at 16:41
  • You're right. My bad. I tried to delete it, but I can't. @DanRomik – MNaz Sep 25 at 18:50

It means something went wrong. It could be "an indication that I won't be able to reach her via this email address" or it could be something else. You should check the department webpage to see if it is the correct address. If so, wait a week or so and try again.

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    Or the respondent just set up an auto reply and forgot to add any content. It won't be noticed until pointed out, I guess. It is fairly common to hit send, for example, before you finish your composition. – Buffy Sep 25 at 17:27

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