Feature Request: set default number of messages to infinite

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Feature Request: set default number of messages to infinite

Postby ino » Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:15 am

Hi,

I use spamgourmet email addresses for most places, where I need to specify an email-address.
Most of the places, where I supply an address, I do not want to limit the number of messages I receive. I don't even want to limit the senders.
I only want to be able to disable an address, AFTER I receive spam on that address, because this actually happens very seldom.

So I would like to set the default number of messages to infinite and change it to 0 by hand, when I want to disable an address.

Currently I need to set exclusive senders on each and every address or update the number of messages by hand every now and then, which both is very cumbersome and error prone.

Greeings,
Malte
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Re: Feature Request: set default number of messages to infin

Postby Jim27106 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:07 am

I use trusted senders. I have a few hundred as I recall. I think I even have gMail.com as a trusted sender, but that will probably soon get deleted since too many people spammers forge it now.

I find it easier than exclusive senders.
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Re: Feature Request: set default number of messages to infin

Postby jamesd » Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:15 am

Past answers to this request have been simple: "no, it would use too much in the way of resources because forwarding is much more work than eating". The system relies on eating most emails and over time you will probably find that enough addresses get abused so that yours will tend in this direction as well.

To do what you want, use trusted senders, not exclusive senders. With a trusted sender the email will still reach you if they send from a different address, either with no use of the count if they use the same domain, or a use of one per email if they have switched sending domain to one that is not trusted. That gives you time to notice and add a new trusted sender if you want the emails.

Exclusive senders have uses but compared to trusted senders they are a way to shoot yourself in the foot. If you really do want to do it with exclusive senders be sure to turn on the option to log details of the last three eaten emails because it will be your main way of discovering that you're missing emails because the sender has changed. Best to use the option not to log hidden addresses because those will be the ones that have spammed you and you won't care about them. The last entry in my log is from about three months ago from when I needed to add a new trusted sender for a source.

After 14 years here I've accumulated some 80 trusted senders but more than 600 disposable addresses with about fifteen times as many emails eaten as forwarded.

The normal counts are a pretty capable tool for places where you only occasionally if ever get email and it's not hard to look at all email addresses, click on the remaining count title to find those with few remaining and update where desired or add a trusted or exclusive sender. You can also add email rules to highlight messages when the count is reaching the limit or when last one! appears, then visit the site to update or decide that yes, this one really does deserve a trusted sender.
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Re: Feature Request: set default number of messages to infin

Postby jamesd » Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:01 pm

In my last message I assumed that you would set the trusted address to be the sending domain rather than a single email address because that's likely to be the best way to do it.

If you use a specific email address as a trusted sender the email will still reach you and decrement the count if they send from a different address. If you were to use that email address as a trusted sender the email would be eaten instead, a less desirable result when you expect most emails to be legitimate. So full addresses as trusted senders do have value and I have some of those myself.
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