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why do I sometimes see thousands of incoming mail?

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JAM in MV CA Calculating status...
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Apr 30, 2012 1:57 PM

Sometimes my mail seems to randomly lose its place with my GoDaddy email server and I look down at the mail activity box and it shows that I have thousands of incoming email.  Sometimes when this happens my inbox tied to this account is empty...sometimes it is not.  Is this normal?


Here is a screenshot of what that looks like:

Screen Shot 2012-04-30 at 1.07.25 PM.png

Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    Do you perhaps have another account activated in Mail?

  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    An enabled account (√'d in Mail Prefs) downloads

    all its messages - Inbox, Drafts, Trash, whatever. You

    can tell which account the thousands are from on the

    R side of the Inbox list. You can identify the source of

    the message using the View options to check source.


    Good luck, Tom


    Screen shot 2012-04-30 at 4.27.09 PM.png

  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    If you sort by the Date Received column are there dupes?


    Have you used the Rebuild command in Mail?


    Do you want to add some Columns per View menu

    so the source of each message is visible?

  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)


    1. Rebuild Mailbox


    2. Source. "From" to be more exact (in View:Columns).


    3. Mail allows you to Sort By one field, but you can override the

        Sort manually by clicking field headers. If your Sort By setting

        is interfering you might try setting it to "Buddy Availability"

        or another field that's unused.


    4. GoDaddy depends, as I understand it, on IMAP, which means

        your messages are off their server. If you're getting downloads

        of old or deleted messages you should contact their Support.


    On Apr 30, 2012, at 6:07 PM, Apple Support Communities Updates wrote:



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    Re: why do I sometimes see thousands of incoming mail?

    created by JAM in MV CA in Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard - View the full discussion

    I did sort by the Date Received.

    No there are no duplicates.

    I have no clue what the Rebuild command is for mail or why I would use it.

    I don't know what you mean by "Source of each message," as that is not one of the choices the view menu offers.  Since I don't know what you mean by "source," I don't see the purpose of showing this information.


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  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    JAM, I'm mainly replying to your original issue about

    being deluged with thousands - my suggestion is

    to lean on GoDaddy IMAP support. As for sorting,

    I can't suggest anything on how to change the default

    without going into Terminal and I don't want to mess

    you up. Can you post "sorting" as a seperate question 

    in the Community?


    Good luck, Tom

  • diane135 Calculating status...

    JAM - I figured out the secondary sorting. I also posted my solution to your other discussion thread.


    In classic view, not organized by conversation, sort by date, then holding down the "option" key, sort by name. That should work for you.

  • crispyds Calculating status...

    I was wondering the exact same thing. Radomly I'll look down in the corner of Mail and see I have (at the moment actually) Incoming Messages... 2880 of 6995. None of my boxes seem to be effected by it and I can see everthing that's current. I'm wondering if it's an archive thing. It happens several times a week.

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