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To prevent one from inadvertently feeding the spammers' feedback loop, in Mail's Viewer Window I have the dividing bar pulled all the way down so that mail can only be opened in a new window. Thus, if I think it might be spam, and I want to check without releasing the little spies (requests for associated HTML files), I hit reply (or option double-click) instead of double-clicking to open. This gives me a chance to look at the text content without the html files (when opening replies, Mail doesn't go out and look for the html files as opening the original does).

[robg adds: An earlier hint discussed moving the preview pane down to avoid sending spam tracking tags back to the source ... but opening a reply email to check the content of a questionable email is a new one to me (mainly because I just disable HTML globally in Mail and then use the preview pane).]
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Check potential spam email using Mail's reply window
Authored by: FunkDaddy on Mar 01, '04 01:27:21PM

Why don't you just turn off images in the prefs? I can view the spam but it won't load any tracking images.



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Check potential spam email using Mail's reply window
Authored by: FunkDaddy on Mar 01, '04 01:29:52PM

Oh, HTML file trackers. You can just use the "get Source" applescript too if that helps.



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Check potential spam email using Mail's reply window
Authored by: eagle on Mar 02, '04 01:45:39PM

What do you mean "Oh, file trackers"? How can spam still be tracked if the display of HTML images & other embedded objects is disabled?



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Check potential spam email using Mail's reply window
Authored by: jimhill on Mar 02, '04 03:17:06PM

I hope you'll all join me in my crusade to have Apple add an "only display HTML if sender is in my address book" option to Mail. Send your feedback. Fight the power.


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Lifting some features from KMail would be nice
Authored by: PeteVerdon on May 15, '04 02:32:48PM

That would be good. For comparison, I'll show how I used to use KMail to handle this:

1. HTML display turned off entirely. Any HTML emails, when opened, display only the source. A red box at the top says that HTML rendering is disabled, and why this is a good idea. In that box is a link you can click on to cause the message to be rendered, if it's from someone you trust and/or the code you can see doesn't appear to be doing anything sneaky.

2. Pretty much all settings can be overridden on a per-folder basis. So my "Dilbert" folder can render the daily strips sent to it, without having to click on the link each time.

Apple's Mail app is ok, but I miss this kind of configurability.

Pete



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Check potential spam email using Mail's reply window
Authored by: glusk on Mar 03, '04 12:21:16PM

Thanks for the tip! I like to keep HTML rendering on for some
newsletters and such but only open things from trusted sources.
This tip seems easier than other ways of viewing the source email to
check those occasional questionable emails.



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Check potential spam email using Mail's reply window
Authored by: dancingbrook on Jun 01, '04 02:14:54PM

I don't want to turn off html. And I would advocate for a separate list to allow html from specific addresses (obviously the address book could be included); I don't want to clutter my address book with addresses I never send to.



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Check potential spam email using Mail's reply window
Authored by: peterjhill on Jun 02, '04 05:08:58PM

I have also submitted the request for a don't show images rule action. That was back at 10.2, I believe, that I sent it in.

Personally, I can't think of a better rule that I would tie to the action above than "sender not in addressbook"

To keep the address book clean, setup a group just for these addresses... To each their own though... I can understand the motive.



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