My webhost, Hostgator, recently switched off my email without warning because it claimed I had too much imap email (3.5gb) and that it was causing a slowdown for other users on the server. This came as a surprise given that I've had no issues for several years and nor have they, apparently. After further discussion with their tech support, they seem to think that Mail.app is the culprit because it opens 'too many' concurrent imap connections. They insist that Apple Mail is not 'standards compliant' and that I should use another client, like Thunderbird. The problem is, I'm very happy with Mail and don't want to switch to Thunderbird or any other client. I've tried them all and always want to get back to Mail. Normally I would switch providers before I switch my own setup or habits that I'm happy with, but I really like hostgator and would like to try to make it work. My questions: 1. Is Apple Mail behaving in a way that is not compliant with imap standards? 2. Would this be a problem with other shared hosts? 3. Is there any way to control the number of imap connections made concurrently, in a way similar to thunderbird? 4. Any other way around this problem ? Thanks for any input!