(PC World) – Google said Tuesday that users will now be able to “block” specific email addresses—except that they’re not really blocked, and Google already has more powerful tools to eradicate offensive email that are already in Gmail.
As of Tuesday, “blocking” an email will actually send an email from that specific email address to the spam folder—where it will technically live on, even if no one really checks their spam folder.
Technically, neither Gmail nor Yahoo Mail offer a “block” option, in which a hateful email is simply never received. Microsoft’s Outlook app for Office allows you to “Junk” an email—either from the specific sender or the sender’s domain—something that Google’s Gmail doesn’t allow.
Why this matters: If you whack a spider and miss, and then it crawls under your bed—well, that’s going to creep some people out. Ditto for your psycho ex-: some people don’t want to even see an email (and its header) in their inbox. Blocking that email is one solution; totally eradicating it via a “delete” filter may appeal to others. How do you do the latter? Read on.