Thanks for explanation on what's going on behind the scenes. It makes
sense to me. Even thought I was notified <per message below), I am
really not affected because I really don't have any filters - just the
shell of a filter. Therefore, I don't need to take any steps.
Is that a fair assessment?
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Behalf Of Brian Martinez
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 10:22 AM
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Subject: Re: [MSUNAG] Incorrect Warning About Mail Filters
Chris Wolf wrote:
> I just received the warning from ATS (below) that I am using filters
> old.mail.msu.edu. I did not believe that I have any filters, so I
> to old.mail.msu.edu to check. When I go to the Filters screen, the
> "Existing mail filters:" is followed by an empty box, as I expected.
> Have others received an incorrect warning about this? I have used
> MSU mail in the past, but have not had any for a couple of years.
> somehow cause the false warning for my account?
The warning is technically *not* incorrect. We generated the list of
"mail filter users" based on the mere presence of a .mailfilter file. If
you've ever had a filter then you were on the list. When you delete
filter rules, the shell of the rule remains. It looks like this:
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if ($SENDER eq "")
That tells it to "filter" every message intended for you (if you happen
to be "sparty") into your main Inbox. We cannot open up ever single
.mailfilter file for two reasons. First and foremost, because of the
AUP, but also because it would be too daunting of a task. There are over
9,000 mailfilters in place and there are five of us working here right
Hope that helps.