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Thanks for the welcome DavidB4! If you have a gmail account, you could probably try pinging the pop3 server in cmd.exe to answer your question.--LawfulLibertarian (talk) 21:10, 8 January 2020 (EST)

Thanks for the suggestion! Unfortunately, I don't have a gmail account (I don't trust Google) so I can't do that. However, I was tinkering with another popular email provider at one point, and it did technically support POP3 and IMAP, but when I authenticated and tried to sync, I was only given one email. When I looked at it, it turned out to be an automated message from the email service provider telling me that I could only access emails using their proprietary app. If Google does a similar thing, then there would indeed still be a server there which would respond ("pong") to pings, but if I was to actually try using it, I would be disappointed.
I think the only way to test this would be with a valid gmail account, trying to link it to a 3rd party email program (such as Thunderbird). I suppose I could make an account just for that purpose, but I generally don't like to waste address space. --DavidB4 (TALK) 21:47, 8 January 2020 (EST)
I can't blame you in the slightest for not going for Google- their silent removal of "do no evil" from their website is probably the most honest thing they ever did. I obviously also lack any form of account with them. It's fortunate that DuckDuckGo exists.--LawfulLibertarian (talk) 22:13, 8 January 2020 (EST)
That's interesting...I didn't know they had removed that slogan. It is indeed fortunate that numerous alternatives exist for pretty much everything Google offers!
In regard to you needing to answer a question to save each edit, unfortunately I think you are going to need to put up with that for awhile. Generally only senior editors get to bypass it. I know it's a nuisance...sorry about that. --DavidB4 (TALK) 23:08, 8 January 2020 (EST)