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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 - 2 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

Brain hacks for the mildly stalked?

OK, so...it appears I may have acquired a stalker. A very lazy stalker who only pops up to make his/her presence known every couple of months or so, but a stalker nonetheless. I'm doing my best to ignore this and live my life, but I'm feeling very alone in this and would like to know how I can cognitively address the fact that I have no way to make this person stop. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2014 - 15 answers

Errors sending email on iPhone with regional cell carrier

Help me diagnose email problem with iPhones, cellular service provider, and our email server. (Long with oddities) [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Dec 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Sending an email from an address that is only forwarding to my current?

I have one address, 123@..., that is forwarding to another address, abc@.... Having lost access to the 123... address is there a way to still reply to mail sent to 123... as if it is coming from the 123... address not the abc... that I currently use? This is all in gmail too. Thanks!
posted by 1inabillionmistake on Nov 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Free calendaring software for the office

Our office has outgrown our ad-hoc personal calendars and we are looking for a calendar tool. The biggest need for us is to see when others are available for meetings and make meeting requests. We're not an Exchange shop, so Outlook/Exchange compatibility is not important. Most of us are accessing our email over POP3 in our favorite client, so something that can send/confirm meeting requests via email without preference for a specific client is helpful.
posted by philosophygeek on Nov 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Gmail Joe-Jobbed, spam sent to all contacts, no sign of forced entry.

This morning, a relative called saying I had sent them spam from my Gmail account. I ran to the computer, checked Gmail's login history, but found nothing suspicious. I checked the spam folder, and sure enough, two pieces of spam with a link to a phishing site which Safari immediately picked up as such (I know, bad idea to click it at all) had been sent to every one of my contacts. I know anyone can spoof anyone else's email, despite the best attempts at protection by Gmail and such. My question is: how did they get my contacts? How can I make this spoofing harder, or at least prevent access to my contacts in the future? (Further details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Nov 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Online "funny".

Where can I find the type of "funny" pics and pages that often get circulated through email or posted on fb? I don't receive any of these forwarded messages anymore, and I don't have a facebook account. I generally don't appreciate the type of humor that I am seeking-- But, someone I care about is laid up and finds [this type of thing I'm looking for] really entertaining, and neither of us know how to source it. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Nov 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Best Practices - Fundraising Emails

I am looking for some current articles (blog posts are fine) that discuss the 'science' of fundraising emails. Most people are aware of the Business Week article about the science behind the Obama campaign fundraising emails -- I'm basically looking for more material that is in the same vein -- not just someone's opinion, but rather "Our organization tested A, B, and C and here are the results."
posted by anastasiav on Nov 17, 2014 - 7 answers

How to keep Office 365 email logo image after multiple email replies?

Is there any way to ensure that the logo image in an email signature will remain visible even after several replies and forwards? [more inside]
posted by signal on Nov 14, 2014 - 10 answers

GMail Reads My Mind, Filters Important Messages To Trash

I love me some Gmail, so I'm kind of peeved with its most recent shenanigans. I rarely check my Trash, but out of curiosity I did this week and found a lot of messages that should not have been in the Trash. [more inside]
posted by John Kennedy Toole Box on Nov 8, 2014 - 17 answers

How to contact someone from Mars One without sounding like a spammer

I am a researcher at a university and I have an exciting idea for a research project that the Mars One project offers a unique opportunity to carry out, without requiring the mission to carry any extra equipment and that could run during the training stage, on earth, so it isn't a good fit for their "university challenge" competition. Rather I would like to contact someone from the team to discuss it. They say on the website they welcome contact from universities and scientists, but there is no information about how to contact them. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Oct 29, 2014 - 9 answers

Alternative to Simplyfile for Outlook on Mac

I'm helping my dad with his transition to Mac from PC, and there's one big piece of the puzzle missing. He's planning on using Outlook on the Mac (since he's used it for years on a PC), but would love a filing system like Simplyfile. While there seem to be a lot of filing systems for Apple Mail, I can't seem to find a good one for the latest version of Outlook for Mac. Any advice, hive mind? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Oct 27, 2014 - 5 answers

My Dad's gmail got hacked...

I think my Dad's gmail account got hacked while he was in Cambodia at the start of the month. We have no idea how. What should we do beyond changing the password and alerting the banks and credit card companies? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Oct 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Is my client an inadvertent spammer?

Can an employer give out an employee's personal email address to a benefit provider? [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Oct 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Dad was using Outlook 2013 w/provider email. Now has new computer. Help!

I'm pretty decent with computers, but this has me baffled. I tried using Outlook.com's "alias" feature, but that doesn't seem to be working. Help! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Oct 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Email Group/List that multiple platforms can use

We have a family email that goes out every week to people across many email platforms. Every time someone changes their address, someone new is added (or removed :/), the onus is on each person in the group to make those updates to their own personal list. Obviously, this rarely happens with 100% accuracy, so someone always slips through the cracks. Is there a way to have a group that can be administered to centrally in one single location, but utilized by people across multiple email platforms? [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Oct 18, 2014 - 10 answers

E-mail doesn't sync across devices

I'm helping a friend who has started up a new business. We're having trouble getting their e-mail to syncronise across three different devices: a desktop running Windows 7, a laptop running Windows 8 and an Android-based phone, all using IMAP. What are we doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by dg on Sep 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Google apps gone screwy perhaps

I have several google apps accounts with email inboxes for each. On my Firefox toolbar I have bookmarks for each of those email accounts in the usual format https://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com with my different domains substituted for yourdomain.com of course. Up until yesterday each one of those bookmarks dutifully opened the inbox of the right domain's email account... [more inside]
posted by merocet on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Verizon email box emptied. Service rep blames it on a "foreign device"

Several days ago, I had about 200 emails in the inbox of my Verizon account that had been accumulated over the past several years. All of a sudden nearly all vanished and remainder followed the next day. I called Verizon and they advised me that a foreign device had entered my email address. The inbox content had automatically transferred to the new device and could not be recovered. They suggested that I change my password, which I have since done. Does anyone have any idea as to what happened? Is it impossible to recover my accumulated emails? Should I be concerned and should any further precautions be taken.
posted by cyrreb on Sep 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Walk me through setting up a custom email address

When we get married next year, my fiancee wants a new email address to match her "new" full name. The Gmail version of firstname.lastname@gmail.com is taken and she's bummed out. I had the thought that it might be just as good to have firstname@lastname.com, and then she can just forward it to her current gmail address. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Sep 22, 2014 - 29 answers

Help me organize my email after losing Gmail push on my iPhone

As long as I've had an iPhone I've used the default email app, Mail, linked to my primary gmail address, along with my secondary gmail address that forwards to my primary mailbox. After upgrading my iPhone 5 to the 6, I've lost the ability to use an Exchange account for gmail so that new mail pushes to the Mail app. See here. [more inside]
posted by arm426 on Sep 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Social undermining, Reply-All email edition

What is the proper response when you've just sent out an email invitation to a regular social group because it's your turn to host, and immediately one of the members replies-all to your email in order to publicly "correct" you. Only they're actually wrong. [more inside]
posted by hush on Sep 9, 2014 - 55 answers

Gmail Account Disabled?!

I have a primary and a secondary gmail adress. The first address is fantasyword@gmail.com, the secondary address is firstname.lastname@gmail.com. I have been using both for years. Since a couple of weeks, people cannot send me email onto my secondary address. I have tried it myself, it says "Technical details of permanent failure: Account disabled" [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Sep 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Overall, Ohio is home to 21,250 manufacturing operations.

Can you explain this odd spam email? It seems to consist of quotes from random Wikipedia articles. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Aug 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Alternatives to Gmail?

I am looking for another free/cheap web mail app that I can use to contact the ten people I normally correspond with. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Aug 26, 2014 - 13 answers

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