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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 - 26 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

How to organize email from a particular sender?

With my gmail account I am in frequent contact with a particular individual. So frequent that our emails are kind of a mess, and I want to know if I can organize them in any way. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Feb 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Subscription like a Listserv

A number of us has finished a 6 month Artist Residency program. Most of us would like to stay in touch in the future so we can let each other know if we`re having a show or other information. I was thinking a llistserv might be the best way to do this as I think the actual email addresses can be stripped leave that private from others. [more inside]
posted by Alt255 on Feb 1, 2015 - 12 answers

How do I email my job references

My academic and professional references have asked me to keep them informed of what jobs I'm applying to, both so that they have a heads-up, and so that they can let me know if they've been called. I haven't been very good at doing this consistently because I don't know how to phrase that email. [more inside]
posted by wrabbit on Jan 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Type into a template, output an html table (for newsletter)? Help!

Hi everyone. I am responsible for sending out an email newsletter. Beyond plain text and PDFs, it has proven fiendishly difficult to come up with relatively simple formatting that is going to look the same to every recipient. I had the idea that I might be able to do it with HTML: Putting each item into one cell of a one-column table. Surely, there must be an easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jan 29, 2015 - 7 answers

Is there a semi-automatic program for replying to emails?

My users fill out out a form that includes their name. It gets forwarded to my gmail account. I want to scan their email myself, then press a hotkey, and automatically generate one of ten replies (content based on the form fields) that includes their first name. Is there a piece of software that does this? If not, there's your startup idea.
posted by markcmyers on Jan 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Can you hire a computer mentor?

I always thought I could learn whatever I needed to learn about computers, but as my life has gotten more complex, and computers keep changing, I find myself with over 12 years of email from school and three jobs, and more and different kinds of stuff coming all the time. I see four big things I'd like to do with my computing environment (home, work, phone, cloud) but I have no idea how to get started or what is the best way to do this. I need a computing mentor. [more inside]
posted by rschram on Jan 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Help Me Get Back Into My Outlook Express. Augh.

Stuck with Outlook Express for work email. I was able to recover my password (had forgotten) but when I try to log in, it says it's not the right one. When I recovered my password, I saw that the POP password was one thing, and the account password was another. I assume that is the problem? How can I fix it?
posted by miltoncat on Jan 16, 2015 - 4 answers

One Email With Separate Replies

How can I send a single email to a list of addresses, but have the replies come back separately? [more inside]
posted by Thing on Jan 12, 2015 - 8 answers

No, you cannot confirm your email address (Instagram account irritation)

Some kid who shares my fairly uncommon name is trying to use my email address to register their Instagram account and I keep getting emails about it. How can I make them stop? [more inside]
posted by mymbleth on Jan 12, 2015 - 20 answers

Let the laughs come to me

How can I get short comedy clips delivered to my inbox every day? [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou on Jan 5, 2015 - 2 answers

Stop the madness! Reducing work emails I don't need.

I work for a local government. I am in the equivalent of a general counsel position in the private sector. I am receiving around 200 emails every day. I estimate I actually should receive about 50 of these. I don't mind getting emails I need, but I want to stop being CC'ed unnecessarily and asked mundane questions. How do I cut down on the flow of unnecessary email without becoming the dragon lady from legal? [more inside]
posted by notjustthefish on Dec 29, 2014 - 22 answers

When is the best day to send a email newsletter in the next week?

I am a small business owner and am sending an email newsletter out to a few hundred people in the next week or so. It's ready to go, and I'm trying to decide which day to send it out to get the highest chance of people reading it. All recipients are in the US. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Dec 28, 2014 - 6 answers

What's the opposite of "over your head"?

I do tech support for a complex software/hardware package and for some customers, I have no idea their experience level, and I start with the basics. I have to ask questions that might come across as very obvious to an experienced user and I want to know the safest and most tone-proof way to do this. [more inside]
posted by ftm on Dec 22, 2014 - 24 answers

How to keep people informed by web/email about my father's illness?

We are looking for a good way to keep people informed about my dad's cancer treatment. Specifically: I'd like to be able to write posts that are visible on a blog or site of some sort, but that can also be sent to a couple dozen friends and family members by email. I looked at caringbridge, but it looks like there's no way to automatically sign people up to get email updates: They have to sign in and set their notification options, which seems more complicated that we'd like. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Dec 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Does AT&T change IP addresses for ios devices?

My IP address on my iDevice (iPhone & iPad) shows one thing when I go to "whatismyip.com", but my email server shows something different. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Dec 10, 2014 - 9 answers

How to keep email functional?

I used to be an inbox-zero person, but I can't do it any more.; I simply don't have the time. I've got a vast army of filters in use already. I just need a workable system for using email. Client & gmail etc etc inside. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Dec 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for a joint blog/email blast platform with options

I indirectly oversee someone who forwards a lot of good emails, but it's a lot of emails. I've asked for this person to start using their organization's blog (run on Wix), but it might not be the best solution. Is there a blog platform that will also automate email blasts, with options for frequency of such emails? Bonus points if it works with the Wix blog platform. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Email based interactive fiction - what was it?

Trying to remember a piece of interactive fiction where you signed up using your email address and over several days you'd get emails from characters who worked at an imaginary company. I think you could reply to them using a certain format and that would change the way the story played out. I would have seen it around 2006 or 2007, and I don't think it was new then. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Dec 3, 2014 - 2 answers

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