This is less of an issue and more of a summary of what I just spent the last 2 hours trying to debug - hopefully it’ll save you some time!
I followed the instructions to a T for installing Discourse on DO. Booted it up and tried to set up my admin account. Fail. The verification email never went through. I went through alllllll of the troubleshooting documentation and eventually contacted DO support to see if I was being blocked somehow. Nothing.
If your emails aren’t going thru on DO (via Mandrill specifically, not sure if this is true for others):
If you set up your app.yml using an IP as your host instead of a domain, that’s the root of your issue. The notification email is coming from noreply@IPaddress which DigitalOcean or Mandrill or someone in between views as no bueno.
- Set up a second admin account thru the CLI
- Log into Discourse and go to the admin panel.
- Change your notification email to a non-IP-based email account (preferably the one you have connected with Mandrill)
- Save that
- Log out of your second account and regenerate the verification email for that first account.
Hope that helps!