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Old 10-15-2007, 08:56 PM   #1
Wizentub
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Exclamation forum@linuxquestions.org opens my isp mailbox


Howdy.
I am comletely new and a novice with linux.

I received my first email today and at the top of the email I was asked to add forum@linuxquestions.org to my whitelist or email address book.

The link opens my isp mailbox login page.
I am wondering why this is the case and if it is what it is supposed to do.

With thanks.
Wizen
 
Old 10-15-2007, 09:25 PM   #2
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The first part (why add the address to a whitelist/address book) is because some users have their mail accounts set up to only accept mail from known addresses, everything else is rejected.

The second part (why clicking the link opened your ISP's mail login page) is because you clicked on a mailto link and it tried to launch a window to compose an email.
 
Old 10-15-2007, 11:16 PM   #3
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The first part (why add the address to a whitelist/address book) is because some users have their mail accounts set up to only accept mail from known addresses, everything else is rejected.
Actually, IIRC, the idea is to make sure LQ messages don't ever get detected as SPAM.
 
Old 10-15-2007, 11:41 PM   #4
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Actually, IIRC, the idea is to make sure LQ messages don't ever get detected as SPAM.
Sorry, I didn't word that very well. I have a web-mail account that rejects everything as spam except emails from the addresses I've added to my address book. So, in my case everything is spam unless I tell the account otherwise by adding the email address.
 
Old 10-16-2007, 07:45 AM   #5
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Cool opens my isp mailbox

Howdy.
Thanks for all the replies.
My apologies for not wording my question very well.

I do understand the need to add to address book or whitelist so that mail is not rejected by spam.

I had thought that I could do this from my outlook or outlook express or which ever email programme I am running on my machine.

I was really surprised to find my Internet service provider page open to the oops! you provided the wrong username and password page, please enter your username and password again.
This is a phishing page from the old format of bigpond which is why it really puzzled me.

Cheers.
 
  


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