Farelf Posted November 10, 2007 Share Posted November 10, 2007 Path: news.spamcop.net!not-for-mail From: Sofa King Tyred of Lar Ting <nobody[at]devnull.spamcop.net> Newsgroups: spamcop Subject: Steps to report Gmail spam as attachments via IMAP with Thunderbird Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2007 12:15:53 -0500 Message-ID: <fh24k6$au$1[at]news.spamcop.net> Xref: news.spamcop.net spamcop:167590 Hi, I've been trying out the new IMAP interface to Gmail using Thunderbird, in order to report Spams from the spam folder. It has been more or less a success, although I encountered some annoyances with the IMAP functionality. Partly this is because IMAP messages aren't fully downloaded until you access them. When you attach a bunch of messages from an IMAP folder, the download of them can be very slow. I've found some ways to speed it up, by forcing them to download as a block before attaching them. There are also some quirky bugs about marking messages as read and moving/deleting them from the spam IMAP folder. I'm not sure if they are TB and/or Gmail IMAP issues. Anyway, I am using TB 126.96.36.199. Here are some tips that I've discovered, as the operation of reporting spams this way can be less painful if you do things the a certain way. 0. Once you've got Thunderbird connected to Gmail and you can see the spam folder in your IMAP (see the Gmail documentation for setting up IMAP on TB), the following is the order in which I do things that seems to go the fastest. 1. After verifying they are all spams, select all the messages in the spam IMAP folder you wish to report. 2. Choose File -> Offline -> Get selected messages (this does a mass download of all IMAP messages, which optimizes things). 3. Select the block of spams you want to report to SpamCop as attachments. I have done blocks of 50 or 100 successfully, but your mileage may vary. 4. Type "m" (or choose Message -> Mark -> As read) to make sure the messages you're about to attach are all marked read. This is important since there seems to be a bug in how TB marks the messages as read once you attach them in the next step. It seems to slow things down and gets confusing, since they appear to one-by-one mark themselves as unread again if you mark them as read *AFTER* having attached them. 5. With the same block of messages selected, type CTRL-L (or choose Message -> Forward) - Note: you must have set the preference in TB to forward as attachments by default, otherwise select Message -> Forward As -> Attachment. 6. In the new mail message, type your SpamCop quick report (or submit) address. Type CTRL-ENTER to send the message. 7. Wait patiently... maybe this will go faster for you than it does for me... 8. When the send is complete, you can delete (DEL key) or move the spams from the IMAP folder into an archive folder. Note, once you have done the move, TB remembers that move for the next time and gives you a shortcut that is CTRL-SHIFT-M (Message -> Move to "folder" again). On a good (bad?) day, I report over 800 messages this way, in blocks of around 100 at a time... Has anyone ever used AutoIt3 with Thunderbird? I've used it before on another project, and I'm trying to resist the temptation to automate this whole process... :-) -- Help fight spam by "educating" the lax, zombie-hosting ISPs: http://pages.infinit.net/filmore/educateYourISP.htm Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.