Mozilla has the cool feature of collecting addresses from messages arriving to INBOX and storing them to a Collected Addresses address book. This helps autocomplete to work even with small or no hand-maintained Personal address books. There are some problems with this, though. Most notably the Collected Addresses ends up having lots of unwanted addresses, e.g. from spam messages. It would be very handy and powerful, if you could specify from what folders the addresses are collected and into which address books they are stored. In the folder properties, you could have an optional selection "Collect addresses from messages of this folder into address book: <...>" with some kind of an address book selector. The default would be to have INBOX set to collect to "Collected Addresses", other folders unset, to match the current behaviour. First of all, this would help you control how autocomplete works. E.g. to avoid spammer addresses getting collected, you would unset the INBOX collect and set your other folders to be collected. Now you can delete spam messages from INBOX and only messages you store to other folders are used to collect addresses. Secondly and more importantly, this helps you manage your address books much more easily. Let's say you have folders INBOX, Work and Friends. Now you could set the Work folder to collect addresses to "Work Addresses" AB and Friends folder to collect to "Friends Addresses" AB. When you read mail and archive it to Friends or Work folders, new addresses are automatically added to the right addressbook and are there for you to look or update. Combined with bug 34340, this feature enables you to filter your incoming mail almost automatically. Extending the previous example, you would add a filter to move messages from INBOX to Work folder if From/To/Cc is in Work Addresses AB. Make a similar filter for Friends. At first the address books could be even empty. Now when you receive new mail, you read it and classify it by moving into Work or Friends folders. The collect feature now adds the address from the message to the corresponding AB. When you receive a message from the same address again, the filter now matches and the message is moved into the right folder. You don't have to change any of your settings after the initial configuration! You just move the first message by hand and the rest will follow automatically and your AB is updated automatically. A specific use for this feature is spam filtering, as discussed in bug 71413 where I presented this idea first.
Duplicate of bug 62686, but this one has a better explanation.
*** Bug 62686 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
risto, Thanks for the idea and info you have presented. It's a good one. Adding Jeenifer to the cc list. bhuvan
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla1.0.1
Good idea for a future feature.
adding self to cc list
Please implement this. I've got 1000 times more spammer addresses than real ones in my collected addresses.
Assignee: racham → sspitzer
Status: ASSIGNED → NEW
Assignee: mail → nobody
Component: Address Book → MailNews: Address Book
Product: Mozilla Application Suite → Core
QA Contact: nbaca → addressbook
Target Milestone: mozilla1.0.1 → ---
Summary: [RFE]Per-folder address autocollect → Per-folder address autocollect
SeaMonkey specific as TB no longer has capability to collect incoming addresses.
Assignee: nobody → mail
Component: MailNews: Address Book → Address Book
Product: Core → Mozilla Application Suite
As said, this feature is gone. An extension called addressContext is available for a similar task.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 9 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
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