Re: Using Thunderbird filters

Antony Stone

Surely this would be the same for the address which IS working, though:

I'm assuming (happy to be corrected if I'm wrong...) that Rosemarie has
created the same type of rule for both lists, matching on the same field.


On Thursday 26 October 2017 at 23:09:47, Gene wrote:

I just checked and one of the available fields when making a message rule
is to. Put the address of the list in the to field. I don't recall ever
seeing a list place its address in the from field.

----- Original Message -----

From: Gene
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Using Thunderbird filters

I don't think that will help. Assuming the correct address is being used,
then the problem may be something like using the from line instead of the
to line in the message rule.

----- Original Message -----

From: Rosemarie Chavarria
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:45 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Using Thunderbird filters

I'm not sure but I'll ask the owner.

On 10/26/2017 1:43 PM, Antony Stone wrote:
Does that Google group have a publicly-available message archive
somewhere, so we could see the emails on it without having to subscribe?

If so, can you tell us:

a) where the archive can be found

b) the sender, date, time and timezone of two messages:
- one which got filtered by your rule

- one which did not get filtered by your rule

Then we might be able to look at the emessages for ourselves and see if
we can spot a difference, and why your rule might sometimes not be


On Thursday 26 October 2017 at 22:34:29, Rosemarie Chavarria wrote:
Messages not being filtered: audioourplace@...

Messages being filtered:

Hope this helps somewhat.

On 10/26/2017 1:29 PM, Antony Stone wrote:
The same way you found them when you worked out what to look for in the
filter rules?

If you don't know how to find the headers, how did you create the
filter rule?


On Thursday 26 October 2017 at 22:27:32, Rosemarie Chavarria wrote:
How do I find the headers?

On 10/26/2017 1:24 PM, Antony Stone wrote:
I can only repeat my request:

Can you show us an example of the header taken from one of the emails
which does get filtered, and an example taken from one of the emails
which does not get filtered?


On Thursday 26 October 2017 at 22:21:43, Rosemarie Chavarria wrote:
I have no problem so-far with the messages from the NVDA list but
some of the messages form the audioourplace aren't being filtered.

On 10/26/2017 1:19 PM, Antony Stone wrote:
So, I understand that to mean that you have a rule defined to match
some header which contains "isaudioourplace", and some emails which
you expect to have that header are being filtered, and other emails
which you expect to have that header are not being filtered.

Can you show us an example of the header taken from one of the
emails which does get filtered, and an example taken from one of
the emails which does not get filtered?


On Thursday 26 October 2017 at 22:16:32, Rosemarie Chavarria wrote:
Hi, Anthony,

Some of the messages aren't getting filtered according to how
they're supposed to be matched. I don't know how much clearer I
can be. The header isaudioourplace.

On 10/26/2017 1:10 PM, Antony Stone wrote:
Can you give us an example of an email which did not get
filtered, along with the rule which you expected to filter it?

We don't need to see the full email - we only need to see
whichever part the filter was supposed to act on.

Is there any pattern to which ones work and which ones don't -
such as the rules at the top of the list work, and the ones at
the end don't, etc?

Also, just to be clear, are you saying the some of your rules are
never filtering any emails they're supposed to filter, so they do
nothing, or are you saying that some emails get filtered by the
rule they're supposd to match and other emails do not get
filtered by the same rule?


On Thursday 26 October 2017 at 22:02:47, Rosemarie Chavarria
Only some of them got filtered.

On 10/26/2017 12:44 PM, John Isige wrote:
Question: Did all messages stop getting filtered, or only some
of them? Again, if some messages are filtered and some are
not, I'd check the headers of a filtered message and an
unfiltered one to see if there are any differences. I see you
use the to: field. If somebody replies to a person and has the
list address in the cc: field, then obviously it won't get
filtered. These are the kinds of things to start checking for.
If you have a case like that, you might need to set up two or
three rules for the list to make sure every message gets
filtered and moved to its folder.

On 10/26/2017 12:46, Rosemarie Chavarria wrote:
Hi, Gene,

Here are the steps I took to create the rules. I'll use the
music list I'm on as an example.

1. I went to tools with alt T and hit f for message filters.

2. I tabbed to the new button and hit the space bar on it.

3. I typed the name for my rule. It's called audioourplace.
That's the music list I'm on.

4. I unchecked the box that says "manually check for new
messages" or something like that.

5. Next, I tabbed to the box that says "match all of the
following" and then tabbed to the combo box and chose the "to"

6. I tabbed to the box for "contains". Then I tabbed to an
edit box and typed audioourplace@...

7. I tabbed to where you choose a folder. I chose the folder
for the music list and hit enter on it.

8. I tabbed to the ok button and hit the space bar on it.

9. When I was taken back to the screen where you'd create a
new rule, I tabbed to the run now button and hit enter on it.
The filter did work for awhile but then I got new messages
from that list in my inbox so I don't know where the problem
could be.

I hope these steps explain better what I was trying to do.


*From:* [] *On
Behalf Of *Gene
*Sent:* Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:25 AM
*Subject:* Re: [nvda] Using Thunderbird filters

Then the question is, what is wrong with the rules that don't
work? Are you sure all the lists have what you tell the rule
to look for where you tell it to look? Are you sure the
spelling is exactly correct for every item you are using?
I'm not sure what else might account for some of the rules
not working.

It might be that if you wrote out every step for a rule that
doesn't work, that someone will be able to find the error.
That is tedious but it may work. It might be much faster and
more likely to find the error to work with someone.


----- Original Message -----

*From:*Rosemarie Chavarria <mailto:knitqueen2007@...>

*Sent:*Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:36 AM

*To:* <>

*Subject:*Re: [nvda] Using Thunderbird filters

I created rules for all the lists that I'm on.

On 10/25/2017 5:12 PM, Gene wrote:
What do you mean some other messages from other
lists. If your rule only applies to messages with
one list name, then no other messages will be
affected. You need to make a separate rule for
every list.


----- Original Message -----

*From:*Rosemarie Chavarria

*Sent:*Wednesday, October 25, 2017 6:09 PM

*To:* <>

*Subject:*Re: [nvda] Using Thunderbird filters

Hi, Robert,

I already did all that. Some other messages from the
other lists are still going into the inbox. I don't
know what else to do.


On 10/25/2017 4:07 PM, Robert Mendoza wrote:
subject line is intended to change to avoid
confusion of the thread. About your concern for
filtering particular message into your inbox in
Thunderbird. you have to make sure that your
focus is located to the message that is not open
yet, then tab several times till the focus is
directed in the recipient column. Right click
then select Create Filter From. The rest of the
filters process is the same as mentioned below
by John. Also, make sure you uncheck the filter
by manually so that it will run automatically
into your corresponding filtered of your choice.

Robert Mendoza

On 10/26/2017 6:36 AM, Rosemarie Chavarria wrote:
Hi, John,

Let's say you want to run a filter on a
message that comes into the inbox. I've
pretty muchcreated the filters but there are
messages till coming into the inbox from
other lists. How do you run a filter on a



On 10/25/2017 3:03 PM, John Isige wrote:
1. Go to the tools menu, pick message

2. Tab to the new button.

3. Fill in whatever rules you want, e.g.
from in the combo box, tell it to match

4. For the next two combo boxes, it will
probably be easiest to hit alt-down arrow
and expand them. Just pick whatever you
like, I move mine to a folder called nvda
that I made.

5. To make a folder, just pick folder
from the new menu in the file menu, do
that before you do a filter if you want
to move stuff, because the folder has to
exist for you to pick it. If you want
the folder in the main account, i.e.
another folder like inbox, before you
make the folder, highlight your account
name with the arrows. If you want
everything under your inbox, so you have
to hit right arrow to expand folders,
highlight your inbox. The difference is
that if you highlight the account, you
can down arrow, so you'll get inbox,
your folder, sent, trash, whatever. If
you do it highlighting the inbox, inbox
usually starts collapsed and you have to
hit right arrow to expand it, then you
hit down arrow to get to those folders,
you'll go through whatever you made,
then you'll get back to sent, trash,

If that's confusing somehow, feel free to
ask questions.

On 10/25/2017 13:26, Rosemarie Chavarria
Hi, John,

How do you create filters in
thunderbird or do you just delete
them after reading or replying to
them? Outlook is ok but It's a bit


On 10/25/2017 10:02 AM, John Isige
Microsoft's various mail programs
have always been weird though. I
used to use Outlook, the one that
came in Office. Then I had to
upgrade or migrate machines or
whatever. So I exported mail and
everything just like you're
supposed to. Got everything
installed, imported into the new
Outlook. Suddenly none of my
filtering rules to send messages
to specific folders would work.
So I literally deleted them all
and recreated them from scratch,
and they still wouldn't work.
That's when I switched to
Thunderbird and I've been using
it ever since.

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