For some time, whenever I’ve manually added an e-mail message to my Blocked Senders List I’ve noticed that the sender continues to send me messages which are not captured and sent to Junk Mail. For the longest time, this frustrated me as I have blog trolls who seem to delight in needling me with messages sent to my Inbox.
I’ve had some success in identifying and correcting Outlook issues at the Slipstick.com site. So I did a Google site search and discovered this article:
In Outlook 2003, the total number of Safe and Blocked addresses allowed is approximately 2000, so you will want to turn Outlook’s junk filtering on High and peek at the messages in the folder once every couple of days, marking valid messages as Not Junk and adding those addresses to the Safe list instead of trying to create a long list of blocked senders.
I’ve deleted all my Blocked addresses and presume that this will fix the problem. So if you’ve been using Outlook for a long time and never cleaned out your Blocked address list you might want to do this, especially if the feature seems to stop working for you as mine did.
UPDATE: This solution did NOT fix my problem. I still have specific individuals whose e mail addresses are in my blocked list, but who are getting through. I’ve also tried to create a rule that specifically blocks their individual addresses. We’ll see if this works any better. Chalk me up as a very dissatisfied Outlook user.
Dan Sniderman says
That’s a pretty annoying limitation – I’m sure they’ll “fix” it with the upcoming 2007 release to try to get you to upgrade….
Don’t block individual emails, block domains (@address.com) instead. look at your list by clicking actions..junk…junk options
Then the blocked senders tab. Edit each entry by removing the username and leaving the @address part. This will present you with an alphabetical list of blocked domains; don’t forget to delete duplicates.
Richard Silverstein says
Mark: Blocking domains only works if someone’s using an uncommon domain. If, on the other hand, they’re using a very common domain like yahoo.com, etc. then blocking the domain will potentially block all senders fr. that domain (at least that’s my understanding of how it’d work). That’s not something I’d want to do.
Besides, the particular individuals I want to block use common domains. So this would block not only them, but again everyone else fr. that domain.