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  1. Hi guys, have not been able to get into webmail all day long. I get this error message: A fatal error has occurred Could not connect to database for SQL SessionHandler. Details have been logged for the administrator. What's up?
  2. Hi guys, I love the new greylisting feature. There are a couple of changes I would like to suggest to the management tools for the pending and rejected entries. 1) Set the default view to sort by date received instead of alphabetically. As the list grows larger--particuluarly the rejected entries list, which in my case grows quite quickly--it is much easier to manage when the entries are sorted by date received. It's easy enough to click "Received" to sort by date, but if that is the most useful view, then I think it should be the default. Or maybe use a cookie to allow the user to set their own default if a system wide change is undesirable. 2) Highlight (via colored text or background or whatever) consecutive greylist entries (when sorted by date) that have the same IP address. I have found that when I sort the rejected entries by date, most of the entries will show up three at a time from the same IP, even though the email domains are different. This is a dead giveaway that the message is spam and does not have to be bothered with. Using this method makes it very easy to quickly filter through the list to see which messages I should potentially pay attention to. If the IP is not repeated then I take a look at the email address, and if it is not obvious spam, I then do a network lookup on the relay IP via www.network-tools.com to see where the mail came from. Actually, now that I think of it, it may be more useful to highlight entries that are not repeated, since those are the ones I pay attention to. As a future, potentially much more difficult feature addition, it would be great if the greylist could be set to automatically ignore entries that match the criteria described above for spam: consecutive entries from the same IP with different email domains. Anyway these feature requests are not critical, they would just make it easier to manage the greylist entries without having to think about them.
  3. Syndil

    Greylist - good stuff!

    I rarely got spam in my actual inbox before I enabled greylisting--it was my Held Mail folder that would fill quickly. With Gmail it's the spam folder that junk gets sent to. My problem was not that I was getting too much spam in my inbox. It was that I seemed to be getting the same spam on a daily basis--in my Held Mail folder--and that reporting it as spam did not seem to reduce it. Greylisting prevents the spam from reaching my Held Mail folder in the first place, so I don't waste time reporting it. I could easily just ignore my Held Mail folder and let the messages expire, but I don't. I always report the spam in my Held Mail folder. I am keeping a close eye on my pending greylist, and there are a few companies that send me offers that I have had to allow through the greylist, but I figure after a few weeks of watching it closely I should be ok as far as email getting in that I want to get in. [at]Farelf: Thanks a bunch for all the info. I feel I have a better understanding of what's going on, and that's always a good thing.
  4. I was searching the forums to see if there was anything I could do to cut down on the amount of spam I have been receiving from China and South America. Apparently ISPs in these regions just don't give a fig about spam reports and the spam keeps coming. BTW, the only spam I get anymore comes from those regions, so I have to assume the North American spammers have learned their lesson about sending spam to either my address or spamcop.net in general. Kudos to SpamCop for that! Anyway I read something about the greylist feature (don't remember where offhand), so I enabled that and I now get absolutely zero spam, not even in my Held Mail folder. I miss the days of reporting people and getting a message back from a sysadmin saying their account was suspended, but if the reports are going to be ignored anyway then the greylist method is fine with me.
  5. Ditto for me too... Webmail works fine but the POP server doesn't like my password. Not a dire situation since I know messages are not being bounced and can be read in webmail, but something that needs to be fixed nevertheless.