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LazyWeb: Incoming mail with > n "To:" recipients?

Related to "Thanks. No." and email filtering, I wonder how hard it would be for Mail.app, etc. to have a rule by which messages with more than n recipients in the "To:" line could be flagged for (depending on your preferences and courage) filtering, auto-archiving, or deletion. Maybe via AppleScript?

I've heard from several friends who filter all non-work email for which they aren't the exclusive "To:" recipient, but it would be handy to have some flexibility in what your own magic number is -- plus of course what you'd then do with emails that exceed your limit would be up to you.

But in an edge case, for example, if I get an email that went to [>=90 TO: recipients] and [<=25%] of the recipients were in my Address Book, the message would be flagged as "possible friend spam." (And, yes, I was once on a "Hey, this is funny" list that went to 96 people multiple times each day. Good times.)

So, any thoughts? Bonus points if it's a rule that's easy for non-geeks to recreate in GUI apps like Mail.app, Entourage, and Outlook, etc. Comments open for brainstorming.

(In related news, as I mentioned on MM.com, I'll soon be opening a thread on the Board to take suggestions on improving Thanks. No., so keep your powder dry on that one.)

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Slightly related, but I had...

Slightly related, but I had the same issue at a job once where the secretary sent out the most foul, inappropriate emails to dozens of people both in and out of the company. The problem, though, was that she also occasionally sent out important stuff so I couldn't just filter her right out.

I ended up filtering on a friend of her's that was part of the distribution list which solved the problem. No one likes to read jokes about anuses first thing on a Monday morning.

More on topic: applescript would seem to be the fastest way to accomplish this, but as someone else already said it would probably be very slow.




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