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Blocking Senders.

Does Thunderbird 3.1.7. have the ability to 'accept' "Block Senders" requests from me; before they are downloaded?
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  • No. It's an email client; it downloads, then processes. It doesn't "know" who a message is from until it has downloaded at least the message header.
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  • I’m sad
    But so is Office Outlook, and I could "Mark as Blocked" in there?
    Oh well, T'bird is a nice program and I'll probably have to go to my ISP 'webmail' site and "Block" from there.
    That's a pain because I'll then have to go there and Trash them periodically.
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  • Outlook/Exchange is a closed proprietary system with a non-standard protocol, which enables the client to ask for things to be done on its behalf by the server. The regular standardized POP, IMAP and SMTP email protocols used by everyone else don't support this.

    Certainly, if you can filter at the server it is more efficient, and safer for you if bad stuff is kept out of your own computer.
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  • I’m confused
    Thank you Xenos,
    You've explained my situation in a satisfactory manner. Kinda...
    I suppose that my server being: "mail.[server].net" is how I am different than: pop3.[server].net (examples: where '[server]' is my ISP).
    Would that be correct?

    You see; my settings are:
    mail.[server].net
    SMTP.[server].net

    Cheers.
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  • I suspect that in a non-Exchange environment, Outlook creates the impression of "blocking" certain senders, but I'd put money on it silently downloading (at least the header) then deleting. ;)

    The vast majority of email providers use pop, imap and smtp. There are a few who provide an Exchange server and I suspect charge handsomely for it too. Exchange fits well into an in-house email system, where a business runs its own Exchange server and can set up and tear down email accounts for itself, without being reliant on an external agent. Much better for confidentiality too, if you host your own mail store.

    You can't read too much into a mail server's name. If it says pop, imap or smtp then it's likely it does just that protocol. But in practice, those three could be the same machine, and similarly, all three protocols could be supported by a server named mail, as you've described.

    I'm always wary of that word "blocking" - I take it to mean, in general, "I don't want to see it", and ideally, someone else looks after it somewhere else for you. Thunderbird itself can only filter - it has to process at least the header of the message in order to decide what to do with it, and filtering can be positive (filing to a particular folder, tagging, forwarding) as well as eliminating unwanted emails. Very often folk ask for blocking and it seems that they don't want the message to be downloaded. If we said that TB "blocks" I think this would be misleading. "Filtering" as a name is more generalised and inclusive.
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  • I’m unsure
    I think you've answered it as well as can be.
    I have so many questions about things like 'where to "Place" 'sent,' 'drafts,' 'archives,' 'templates' and 'junk' within each of my accounts.
    I've placed them [correctly or not - I don't know] inot "Local Folders" because I initially placed them in "Folders in [my mail account" and it seemed that T'bird just kept trying to work on it. Sometimes I even got error messages.

    Tell me Xenos, does anyone have a REAL Instructional site/file/document to explain how to "Set up an Account."?

    Cheers.
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  • I leave mine to their default, but then I like all my accounts separate. Many people who come to TB from another email client want everything in one place, in which case either Global Inbox or Unified Folders views are provided.

    There's no right or wrong; just what suits you.

    Is this manual of any help?

    http://en.flossmanuals.net/Thunderbir...
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