Yahoo Mail sucks

Sunday, January 8, 2012

I have an old yahoo email address that I’ve used for years. I normally read by webmail and then use POP to download old messages every month or two.

I tried that yesterday and all it would say was ‘server said: problem retrieving message’. Went around in circles for a while trying to figure out what that could possibly mean, changed Thunderbird configuration, contacted Yahoo, who were obviously no help.

Finally I figured this out. I went back to the oldest messages in my inbox and tried to open some:

“There appears to be a problem loading the email”

Oh, great. They’ve corrupted about half of my old emails and Thunderbird doesn’t seem to have any option to not stop downloading as soon as it receives an error, so now I have to manually go through and find out which emails are corrupt so I can delete them. Losing the emails is bad enough, without having to waste an hour or more finding out which ones are corrupt.

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