John Doue wrote:
Paul B. Gallagher wrote:
How do I block e-mail from a certain e-mail address? I have seamonkey
and pop mail sbcglobal.net.
Two basic approaches:
1) If your ISP offers this option, set up a filter on the server so
the messages get trashed before you ever download them. This may be
2) Set up a filter on your local machine that moves the targeted
messages to trash whenever you download them. Ideally, it also marks
them as read. Click the account name in the folder list and choose
"Manage message filters."
The advantage of the first option is efficiency/elegance -- you don't
waste time and resources downloading and then trashing them, and you
can't possibly be annoyed by something you never see. The disadvantage
is that it's permanent and unrecoverable (unless we're talking about a
system that doesn't purge messages from trash until they've been there
for a week or so).
The advantage of the second option is that you can periodically scan
through your trash to make sure you're not filtering legitimate
messages; as above, this relies on your trash-emptying settings. For
example, my machine is set to empty trash on exit, so if I want the
opportunity to review, I have to either do so before exiting or filter
to junk, where messages survive for a week. The disadvantage of the
second option, conversely, is that you spend time and resources
downloading junk, and you might be tempted to view it and aggravate
I agree with this analysis but I would suggest a third approach as an
alternative to the first Paul suggests since I believe (might be wrong
though) most ISPs limit the filtering possibility to Web mail.
Various ISPs offer the user various capabilities; since I'm not an
sbcglobal subscriber I can only speculate.
In my case, my company's web host (Hostway) affords the ability to view
email through a webmail interface or to download it by the conventional
POP method. I can even do both with a particular message -- view it
through the webmail interface, leave it in the Inbox, and then download
it later through POP mail.
They also offer a customizable filtering system called CleanMail Plus,
whereby I can white- or blacklist potential senders, overriding their
general spam-filtering system. And I can set the aggressiveness of the
spam-filtering system as well.
To get my mail, I personally subscribe to a mail service (spamcop) which
provides a lot of possibilities. Among them, the possibility to block
certain addresses. The corresponding emails (along with emails
considered as spam by spamcop) are stored on a specific directory of the
server for a certain period of time (not sure, but 30 days I believe)
with the possibility to release them. The user just needs to visit
spamcop site to review and decide on the necessary action.
In spamcop settings, it is possible to stipulate a periodic reporting of
such held mail which helps the user review held mail without having to
Of course, I have no interest in advertizing spamcop, I am just a very
satisfied user. And of course also, there is a cost for this service
(around $30.00 IIRC), well worth it in my opinion.
And the end of the day, this approach combines the advantages of the two
offered by Paul. But unless you are willing to take the risk of missing
some emails which could be important, some time has to be dedicated, one
way or the other, to the reviewing emails ...
I generally try to limit my use of filtering on the server because of
its unrecoverability. With a broadband connection, it's little skin off
my nose to download and filter to junk, and I do periodically scan the
subject/author lines in the junk folder to make sure I'm not filtering
legitimate messages. I have a dozen or so addresses blacklisted on the
server, but those people have gone above and beyond the call of doody
and earned this treatment.
Our ISP's spam filter does a pretty good job; with SM's Junk folder set
to purge messages when they reach an age of seven days, it normally has
30-40 messages awaiting deletion, with an overall traffic level of
300-400 incoming messages per business day and 100 per day on weekends.
War doesn't determine who's right, just who's left.
Paul B. Gallagher
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