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    Irresponsible Yahoo Mail (ie6)

    Anyone else using Yahoo mail? Yeah, I'm cheap, it's the free version. I have two accounts, and both fill up quickly with the latest variant of the swen virus. I get at least 500 of these a day between the two accounts, most of them with a 154 kb attachment. Sure, I brought it on by using these email addresses in the Microsoft news groups, but for five years I never had a problem.

    I think it's really irresponsible of Yahoo not to delete these messages. Instead they let the in boxes and bulk mail folders clog up. Perhaps it's their way to make us upgrade to the paid version of their mail accounts.

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    Re: Irresponsible Yahoo Mail (ie6)

    Actually if they deleted them without you EXPLICITLY telling them to do it, it would be irresponsible IMHO.

    What if they made a small programming error in the filter and deleted e-mail that you needed? That would be irresponsible.

    So they are doing the right thing, IMHO, by not touching your e-mail.
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    Re: Irresponsible Yahoo Mail (ie6)

    Good point. Except that "real" emails are crowded out by the huge volume of spam, so either they aren't delivered because the mailbox is full, or they are hard not to delete when I clear out 85 unwanted messages. Either way, I lose. Thanks for the opposing viewpoint, though.

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    Re: Irresponsible Yahoo Mail (ie6)

    I agree that good e-mail can get overwhelmed by spam and these virii and I do feel for you.

    I hope I didin't seem to harsh with my earlier post. You just happened to be the second person to "say that to me" today.

    I just think that the end user and not the delivering ISP needs to be responsible. I Think that the ORIGINATING ISP needs to hold the USER sending accountable, and if they don't then the originating ISP needs to be held responsible.
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    Re: Irresponsible Yahoo Mail (ie6)

    Brian -

    I suspect a lot of people are saying this lately. Your response wasn't harsh, and it reminded me that we users of this technology can't be lazy about our responsibilities. But neither can the ISPs that allow the proliferation of this e-junk.

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    Re: Irresponsible Yahoo Mail (ie6)

    Doesn't Yahoo have a "This is Junk" feature in their system? With that in place, you could essentially eliminate all exact copies of the mail with one click. Maybe I am over simplifying it!

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    Re: Irresponsible Yahoo Mail (ie6)

    "This Is Junk" only puts the email into the Bulk folder, at least in the free webmail service. This moves the message and future messages like it, but doesn't delete them. The block address feature is very rudimentary as well. The answer really is to part with a few dollars and get a better brand of service, one of these days.

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    Re: Irresponsible Yahoo Mail (ie6)

    Right beside the Bulk Folder is an <!t>[Empty]<!/t> link, which, if pressed, will Empty the entire contents of the Bulk Folder. Even in the free version, which I use all the time.
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    Re: Irresponsible Yahoo Mail (ie6)

    Yep, and I use it all the time. But with the volume of spam and virus emails I've been receiving, I would have to sign in every two or three hours, or else the mailbox (Inbox and Bulk) would overflow the 4 or 6 MB limit.

    I found this neat utility, YahooPOPs, which emulates a POP server for the free Yahoo mail service. I've started leaving my laptop on all the time, and it connects to my Yahoo accounts every fifteen minutes and downloads new messages. I'm using Netscape 7.0 mail (because I prefer its newsreader to OE), which doesn't have the smartest or easiest filters, but at least much of the garbage goes into the trash, which I empty a couple times a day.

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