Most of it is pointless notifications, updates, digests, invites, info about my purchases and other crap I don't care about. I have over 5000 unread emails and I can only guess how many important ones got lost forever in the sea of that garbage.
Have you guys ever dealt with this issue? What action can I take to avoid it in the future?
Post by vigilantdoomer on Jul 25, 2020 9:21:44 GMT -5
In your case, it might have helped if you kept separate e-mails for conversations with friends and for signing up to stuff or communicating with strangers.
Although I don't really communicate with friends over e-mail or other kind of written stuff - I prefer real-life contact, failing that, a phone.
Also, remember my thread - doomer.boards.net/thread/1780/people-prefer-messages-answering-phone You have written that you prefer to have messages when it is convenient for you - now you complain you have piled them up and might have missed some important ones. But I think you actually enabled such a possibility - of missing important things - by moving them from the realm of real-time communication to a written media.
My HTLM email accounts go back to around 1997. That's a lot of email. I have everything separated into folders for organization. Yours has got to a point where it would take a whole afternoon just to go through that mess. Make sure your spam filter is up to date and unsubscribe from any crappy newsletters you don't want.
This made me laugh, but it's precisely the cause of the problem. Like anything else, email requires a little bit of upkeep to remain in good standing. You may have to spend a few extra minutes some days organizing emails or opting out of junk mailers to keep your email manageable, but if you do it regularly you won't have a problem. Letting it sit and build up is the same as never cleaning or organizing your house and then expressing concern that it's messy and in disrepair.
The first thing I would do is take advantage of the technology built in to the email provider. Using the search function, search for all emails from "Facebook" or "Twitter", since those will be pointless notifications. The system will return just those results. Then you just "Select All" and delete. Rinse and repeat for whatever other social media site or merchant is sending you pointless crap. Immediately thereafter, log into the sites that are sending you this nonsense and opt out of receiving notifications every time one of your friends posts about how many beers they had last night, and unsubscribe from the various merchants and mailers that are sending you promotional emails and discount codes. Then, as others have said, you'll have to begin sorting through and organizing emails. I use folders myself, and they work really well by visually keeping important emails out of your inbox so you can focus on any important unread emails that come in and quickly deal with junk emails if necessary by addressing the root cause(opting out, unsubscribing, report as spam, etc). Good luck!
I never have 5000 emails, at least in the email address I check frequently. But sure, it fills 80% of crap, notifications, lists I never asked to subscribe (every time I join something new or even buy pizza from a new place). When it happens, I just try to identify and click the unsubscribe in some of them I don't care. Sometimes, you can click unsubscribe on something and then you continue getting emails from that thing, wtf is that shit? If it's facebook/twitter/whatever, I get into my account of all these and try on the settings to disable notifications. Finally, sometimes I am subscribed in some mailiniglists I need to observe, then I create filters, like the mlists folder will have those, or some other folder for a particular mlist that might be frequent,etc. I've organized everything in folders, even have folders on my own for pending/older/important/keep things like that, where I stack emails that are important for later and need to be able to find them. As I check my email address frequently, I always organized things in one. But if I visit another email address that maybe I created for other reasons as to have another account on some places, but rarely use it, then this one could be full of spam for all I know. I am sure I've missed important emails few times because of the mess.