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How to write a "thanks but no thanks" email in a tense situation

A long time family friend has offered to put in a good word for me at his place of employment. Sweet! The problem: he and my mom were dating. More complications after the fold. [more inside]
posted by rollingdoughnut on Jul 29, 2015 - 27 answers

Verizon Blackberry sending my Gmail msgs from vtext.com

My brother just got a new Blackberry. (I know.) And a new phone number. He uses Verizon in New York. When he sends me a text, his messages come to my Gmail account as emails from [hisnumber]@vtext.com. Whyyyyyyyy? Please help make it stop. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Jul 28, 2015 - 11 answers

What is the most useful email in the world?

A while ago I came across a webpage where the author provided a short, one-line email to use in business situations where you are being ignored or not receiving a timely response. For the life of me I can't recall the exact wording of the message, nor the webpage. Ring any bells?
posted by sociology on Jul 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Archived emails read on Android still showing up as unread

This is a small issue but it's been bugging me. I use AOSP Email for Android (Motorola Moto X, Android 4.4.4). I like to go through and read and archive emails on my phone. But when I look through my archives on my desktop email program (Thunderbird), the messages I archived using my phone are there, but they are still marked as unread. [more inside]
posted by mcmile on Jul 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Hacks for timely responses to emails and texts

I used to be great at replying to emails and texts; now I am not. I need some ideas for methods to help me reply to people in a timely way. I could also do with some input into what is realistically considered "timely". [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jul 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Is getting people to sign up for an email list worth the hassle?

I run a small monthly arts event. We do publicity with posters and online through social media (no budget for buying ads) and also have an sponsorship with a local radio station to promote us online and on-air. When I say "we" I mean "me" because I'm the only one who handles all that. We have a website, Twitter, Facebook that I keep updated. But a few people have told me I should collect attendees' email addresses and keep a list and send out notifications that way. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Jul 20, 2015 - 21 answers

What is the best service for running a small mailing list?

I want to start a small mailing list to discuss a particular topic with friends - maybe ten people. I want this to be something web based, not something I run on my own server. I know Yahoo Groups does this. Are there any alternatives that you would recommend I use instead?
posted by Cinnamon Bear on Jul 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Spam solutions that avoid (silently dropped) false positives?

Sudden drastic surge in spam to my primary email address, that has lasted a month at the same steady intensity. Time for me to finally consider server-level spam filtering? The catch: my FIRST priority is avoiding false positives. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jul 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Email hosting with NO SPAM PLEASE

In my quest to stay away from GMail's clutches, I've been using Polarismail to host my email for a few years now. They're great, except for one thing: the spam filtering, which used to be fantastic, is now completely awful. Help me find something better! [more inside]
posted by chrominance on Jul 12, 2015 - 12 answers

Why don't I get my forwarded emails?

I've been having trouble getting emails that are sent to my website address (ex jabo@jabobiz.com) and are then forwarded to my regular email. [more inside]
posted by jabo on Jul 3, 2015 - 5 answers

What should I do with my Gmail account and other people sharing my name?

There's at least one other person in the USA who shares my firstname, lastname combo. I signed up for my Gmail account 10+ years ago. It's firstname.lastname so it also works with out the ".". I've lately been getting more email intended for this other person. [more inside]
posted by ericales on Jul 2, 2015 - 22 answers

FormMail script and changing MX records

I'm pretty much a newb at low level email server stuff. But I have a client who has a an old online order form made using the formmail script. Today they suddenly had to change their email provider, so their MX records changed. Now the online order form no longer works. Here's what I've tried so far to fix this... [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 1, 2015 - 18 answers

Empty Messages in Email

My email is showing empty messages I didn't send. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Jul 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Business email archiving requirements?

Are there any laws -- federal or state -- which require business emails to be archived for a certain period of time? We are a privately-held Illinois LLC and are not regulated by the FDA, FINRA, or any of the usual suspects. [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Jun 18, 2015 - 7 answers

The easiest, cheapest way to send an email that can be "signed"?

I am needing a way to send an email template that will have a few paragraphs of text and a couple of fields, that the recipient to "sign" that they read it (by filling in NAME and DATE OF BIRTH fields, [and maybe another field or two]) and then hit "reply", allowing us to see that they did indeed type into those fields and what they typed. What is the quickest, easiest, free-est (or cheapest) way to do this? We would be sending this out of a Gmail account, if that matters. This need not be automated in any way as we expect to do this in volumes that can be handled manually.
posted by sourwookie on Jun 16, 2015 - 13 answers

Solution to track acknowledgement of emails

I am looking for something to track that an email has been acknowledged within 24 hours and send to a backup/manager if not. We use Outlook and Microsoft Exchange. I am not even sure what to search for on this, but any direction is helpful. (rules or addins would be fine.)
posted by slavlin on Jun 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Sending email campaigns from multiple email addresses?

I'm looking for a way to send out weekly newsletters on behalf of my clients. The content of each client's newsletter will be identical, but I'd like to make sure that each client's email address shows up as the "From" address for their campaign. [more inside]
posted by jacob on Jun 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Email resignation then phone, or other way around?

As per title. In person is not an option as she works weekdays, me weekends. More inside... [more inside]
posted by glache on Jun 1, 2015 - 16 answers

What to do about a nasty email sent to the wrong person?

My mentally ill mother likes to send me super mean emails every once in a while, which I don't usually reply to. I just discovered today that she has accidentally been sending emails to a random person with a similar email address to mine. I'm not sure what, if anything, I should do about it. [more inside]
posted by thelaze on May 20, 2015 - 27 answers

How to find the source of a mystery email

How do I find out the origin of an automatic reply that does not appear to originate from the actual email address I sent the message to? [more inside]
posted by amapolaroja on May 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Can you help the hacked and hopeless? (Hacked site? Email?)

Hostgator says my site has been hacked but can't find where or how, and after two days and numerous calls, we're lost. Can anyone explain in teeny, tiny words what I should do next? [more inside]
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese on May 13, 2015 - 11 answers

"Scraping" a website for a particular email address?

This is for work, honest. We've had instructions to delete a generic email address as all enquiries sent to it (about one every three months) are going to be redirected elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by turbid dahlia on May 12, 2015 - 14 answers

Outlook Prints Emails As A Column of Single Characters

Outlook automatically formats some nested messages as very narrow columns a single character wide. I need to print out several such messages and I'm unable to format these properly. [more inside]
posted by I Foody on May 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Is it possible to change your email address?

How inconvenient is it to change your email address in the modern Internet environment? Nearly every web application in the world treats your email address as your login or account name: is updating that everywhere feasible? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on May 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Whose physical address do we use for Can-Spam compliance?

We send emails on behalf of other clients. Who physical address do we need to use for CAN-SPAM compliance? Us (the agency) or the organization we are doing work for? Or both? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Apr 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Outlook vs. Mac Mail

I use Gmail and I'm running Yosemite on my Mac. What's the difference between using the newest version of Outlook vs the Mail app?
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Apr 23, 2015 - 7 answers

iOS and Gmail are not getting along...

I have a gmail account, which I love, but on my iPhone it's seriously misbehaving. read emails are getting marked as unread again, unrelated emails are grouped... hjalp? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Apr 23, 2015 - 7 answers

How does Gmail's "Undo Send" work? Everyone says its just a delay but...

In Gmail Labs there is an "Undo Send" feature, i.e. after a message is sent, for ~5 seconds an "Undo Send" appears. EVERYONE (1, 2, 3) says Gmail just adds a 5 second delay before it sends but its not true! If I open a new e-mail window, send something to the 2nd address, it will show up almost immediately. If I click "Undo Send" in the sender's e-mail, the e-mail disappears in the recipients box! ALSO, if I send it, open it immediately in the recipients box, then click "Undo Send" it disappears from the senders box, but Stays in the recipient box. Obviously not just a simple 5 sec delay, anyone know what really going on?
posted by 1inabillionmistake on Apr 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Coping with email anxiety

I have severe email anxiety and it is having repercussions for my work. I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by D+ on Apr 20, 2015 - 29 answers

Why does old email randomly show up in my inbox?

I use Gmail. I read Gmail through Gmail.com, and Mailbox for ios. No other client. For the past 18 months, I randomly get old, archived email suddenly showing up in my inbox for no reason. [more inside]
posted by special-k on Apr 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Catch-all email forwarding

I'd like to forward anything@mydomain to one address. This should be easy, shouldn't it? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Apr 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Hired to come in and organize your online/email life - is this a job?

So, there exists such a thing as professional declutterers and organizers, who'll come to your home or office and help you get your stuff together. My question: is there an analogous gig where someone exclusively helps someone else get their personal email/digital/workflow life together (no other apartment/home organizing involved)? Like, say, getting to Inbox Zero, or at least having a system for how they can handle email without feeling overwhelmed? Or helping them track their work more effectively? (Details/background inside.) [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Apr 10, 2015 - 10 answers

Import and display email messages

Is there a Mac OS X program that will import email messages from text or RTF source files and display them with the fields in a grid, so that they can be sorted or filtered by date, sender, recipient, etc.? This seems rather basic but I am striking out.
posted by megatherium on Apr 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Email blasts with seperate reply-to

We want to send email blasts to our staff that have a different reply-to email but also doesn't have Unsubscribe buttons like a normal mailing list. Is there a free service we could use that does that, or is there also maybe something we're missing? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Apr 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Suspended Google account - need to reinstate

My new google account was suspended. I believe they think I'm a spammer. But I am working for a small non-profit. Our email contact list is legitimate. My initial request for account reinstatement was denied. Need help getting reinstated. Details below: [more inside]
posted by valannc on Apr 3, 2015 - 14 answers

Why does the iPhone Mail app change the order of mail recipients?

I've noticed that the iPhone Mail app automatically lists me as the first recipient when I am on the To: line of most emails. When I read the same email in Outlook, however, I am not listed as the first recipient; sometimes I am even the last on the To: line. Why is this happening? [more inside]
posted by alice ayres on Apr 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Email blast, then opt-in to follow thread?

I'm on a couple of email lists, and what happens is someone will email everyone, then someone else will reply to everyone, and so on... Sometimes it's something I'm interested in, sometimes it isn't. Is there a way to have an initial email go to everyone, then those who are interested can continue the conversation among themselves and those who are not can just ignore it and never see any follow-ups?
posted by mpark on Mar 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Best way to transition to a new gmail account?

Beyond auto-forwarding all my emails, what are the best practices in switching to a new gmail address? Is there a way to move all my archived emails to the new account so I don't have to switch when searching for old emails?
posted by jsmith78 on Mar 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Outlook requires VPN to access exchange, Apple Mail does not - why?

Outlook requires VPN to access my work exchange account, while Apple Mail does not - why? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Mar 16, 2015 - 8 answers

My gmail is having problems emailing icloud/me/mac.com - what gives?

Over the past few days, I am finding that some of my emails to people with icloud.com, me.com, or mac.com addresses (all Apple) are being delivered really late. On most or all occasions I will get an error message sent to me, hours after my email was sent. How do I diagnose this? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Mar 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Email Where You Are the Customer, Not the Product

What do people think of the different non-free email providers these days? (e.g. fastmail, pobox, rackspace) [more inside]
posted by Mjolnir on Mar 9, 2015 - 17 answers

Need to send a large file to a client, exhausted my usual methods

I'm trying to send a Powerpoint file to a client, and their corporate security settings are making things difficult. The file is too big to email, even if I split it into fewer slides. Their security prevents them from downloading a file from Dropbox (and presumably similar services). Their email server also blocks zip attachments. [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Mar 6, 2015 - 20 answers

How to deal with email sent to your address incorrectly?

So I have what must be a fairly common name, and I get mail for other people with my name fairly regularly because I got lucky and landed "firstname.lastname@gmail.com" a long time ago. This is usually not a big deal, but today I got a subscription confirmation email from a porn site that one of the other people with my name probably signed up for. Anybody have any idea what the etiquette here is, and how to maybe avoid this kind of annoyance in the future? [more inside]
posted by rabbitroom on Feb 26, 2015 - 16 answers

Newsletters across the digital divide?

I need workflow suggestions for preparing one newsletter in a range of formats - HTML email, hard copy, large print, PDF (to be emailed and printed/distributed by the recipient). Can you recommend suggested software/services/workflows to make this process more seamless? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Feb 22, 2015 - 1 answer

Help me archive email from a GMail account on an ongoing basis

I'd like to export past and future emails received by a pair of GMail accounts to my own local disk, or some other (non-Google) archiving solution. I'd like to do this automatically and regularly, with minimal intervention, without adding these accounts to my primary mail client. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Feb 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Is there such a thing as an information management counselor or coach?

I'm not talking about "information management" in terms of corporate IT, which is all you find when you search on Google. I'm talking about someone to help me develop a sustainable plan to process the absurd amount of information that constantly bombards me. I figure I need someone who can help my develop reliable, efficient systems and also probably the mental toughness to keep doing it. I've looked at so many books, but my situation is beyond any one of them. I feel like I need someone who understands the psychology, systematizing , and technology of the matter. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Feb 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Options for self-hosted email filtering software?

I'm looking for something like Sanebox that I can host myself on a relatively low-powered VPS. I tried Simplify Email, but found it was a bit of a pain, and I ended loosing some mail. I also tried my email provider's filters in Roundcube, but they seemed to stop working over time. I'm currently relying on a copy of Postbox running on my home computer all the time. [more inside]
posted by sincarne on Feb 12, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I use self-hosted webfonts in emails?

I'd like to use a custom font in the emails I send out. I have a particular font in mind and own the webfont files for that typeface. The font is not available on Google Webfonts. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Feb 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Email forwarding for a domain without hosting

I have a .co.uk domain which is hosted by Bluehost. However, after some time the only thing I use it for is to forward email addresses to my main gmail address. Is there a cheap and reliable alternative which just provides email forwarding?
posted by Stark on Feb 11, 2015 - 8 answers

How to send automatic email reminders to individuals?

I am looking for a way to send one or two automated email reminders from a gmail account to people who are signed up to a rota. I am able to send emails in python using smtplib, but I find that they all go straight to junk. I've also tried ssmtp in Ubuntu, but I have the same problem. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Feb 9, 2015 - 7 answers

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