Strict flag in sendmail

The strict flag=False prevents an exception to be risen when connection to the SMTP server fails, but there is a set of conditions in which an exception is risen anyways, such as authentication failures.

I would like that an issue in authentication did not abort transactions.

Is it on purpose that only the connection part is “protected” and not the others? Would extending it to authentication and TLS negotiation make sense?

Yes because it is the expected temporary failure on correctly configured system.

Makes sense, thank you!