Dealing with spam should be easy enough if you are willing to risk missing a letter or two from friends who have recently established a new e-mail address. I’m looking for a program that will do something like this:
A. Root through my Outlook Express folder and establish a really comprehensive list of every originating e-mail address for every message stored there, and everybody I have ever written to. (For some reason, my OE “Address Book” is never anywhere near complete - don’t know what the problem is, but it fails to pick up the addresses from most of the mail received and sent.) It would be nice if the resulting whitelist could subsequently be edited with a text editor.
B. Take every single message from an unknown sender and send it immediately to the garbage pile. There I can inspect it briefly if so inclined or just delete en masse. If I move something out of the garbage pile, I want it to be automatically added to the white list.
In other words, I don’t really care about the small probability of getting a meaningful communication from an address not on the list. That’s what telephones are for. Seems to me that by this point in the internet’s evolution, someone must have written a program like this, and I hope this post will lead me to it.