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Thunderbird needs FOLDERS to keep email boxes separate

I just had to do a system restore to get rid of T3.1. I have several email boxes, all for a different purpose. I do not want to read all emails from one folder. I did not see in the documentation any way to get my folders back, so I backdated.

I am sure I am not alone. I am a computer professional running several businesses and do not want my emails commingled.

What I do want is better filtering. Our IP got rid of boxtrapper and I had to set up the filters to throw out anything that was not sent by someone in my address book. Still, some make it through this filter into my regular email.

Also, the filter that is supposed to throw out emails from the server (i.e. not get into my computer at all) has ceased to work. I have looked at the headers and cannot see how they are managing to do this.

To sum up:
1) I need separate folders for every email box I have
2) I need stronger filters to throw out spam/trash

Thank you. I have been using your program since Firefox came out. Before that, I was using Eudora for 6 years.
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  • TB has long had alternative views for the folders.

    View|Folders...

    You will want "All" for the traditional view. It's probably defaulted to "Unified" (aka "Smart").

    You can also toggle round the set of views with the two little arrows above the folder pane.



    TB2 used to tolerate filters with logical errors and TB3 is now more strict, but you haven't mentioned any error messages associated with filters. A few users of this forum have also commented that filters don't always work, though it's hard to reproduce. Needless to say, my filters work just fine. Have you tried editing yours to see if TB3 objects to any of the rules or actions?
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  • I’m much better now
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    Thanks Xenos!
    As for filters, yeah, I have tried reading the headers for the hidden mailservers they were sending through etc. I also tried filetering for certain offensive words, which works pretty well. Then they go and misspell it, which gets through the filter of course. A game that just wastes my time.
    Using the "goes to trash if not in the address book" works well by saving me the time of selecting and then deleting the spammer junk.

    Thanks for writing so quickly. I am sure others are concerned and the literature online does not show how to get the traditional view back.
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  • The weakness in whitelisting via your address book is that spam may come purporting to be from you. Present email systems don't allow the alleged sender to be checked...even though you may know that you never send from a domain in China, TB cannot know that. It sees your address in the from: field and takes it on trust.

    Do you mark your spam (and not-spam) so as to help train the junk filter? The Junquilla add-on provides handy positive and negative vetting buttons for your toolbar.
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  • Constance, just like you I went from Eudora to Thunderbird. With Eudura I had individual files for my contacts where I filled in / out emails. Can I do this with Tbird?

    thank you
    raul
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