Why Am I Not Getting the Email I Signed Up For?

Email mailing lists and discussion groups are a staple of the internet. From technical issues to social clubs to formal publications distributed by email, the email mailing list is a critical component of how we conduct business, socialize, and interact online.

Unfortunately, it’s also the backbone for spam, and therein lies the problem.

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Someone Is Signing Me Up for Newsletters I Don’t Want — What Can I Do?

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Some nasty minded individual, maybe an upset employee or an ex-employee seems to be trying to disrupt my email. Recently I’ve started receiving very many free subscriptions to all kinds of online newsletters, publications and other absolute garbage ranging from kids’ clothes to women’s makeup to porn. One day I received over 50 and they keep on coming.

Probably half of these do the correct thing in that I have to respond before they will add me to their mailing lists. The problem is that the other half doesn’t and I just keep getting their emails. Most of these are really a pain to get rid of. I’ve tried unsubscribing many times but they keep coming back. I’m using Thunderbird as my email client, which really doesn’t have any effective spam filter, that I’m aware of. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do?

The very short answer is to treat the messages as spam. I’ll explain why, and I’ll talk about Thunderbird’s spam filter (which does exist), and an alternative solution within Thunderbird.

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Is it OK to not click on the show images button in email?

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Leo, with all due respect, is it illegal, irresponsible, unethical, immoral or fattening to not click on the “show images” button in email? I mean, we don’t mind your smiling face but I’m just sayin’.

It’s totally up to you. It really is.

Let’s review what happens when you do or do not click on a “show images” option in an email.

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