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Post Posted January 19th, 2017, 5:55 pm

I have an email with the following From strings attached to it:
Jonathan Bless <-- Thi is from my Address Book
jbless22@gmail.com


None of the following fiter settings seems to find it:
From jbless22
is jbless22@gmail.com
From Bless
From Jonathan

I'm guessing that case doesn't matter.

I've also noticed this kind of problem with several other Finder strings. Any idea what's going on?

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Post Posted January 19th, 2017, 6:38 pm

Have you tried "contains" rather than "Is" for the text criteria?

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Post Posted January 19th, 2017, 6:48 pm

Are you searching for more than one criterion, but have it set to match ALL rather than ANY? (One of my favorite ways of misconfiguring my own filters)
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Post Posted January 24th, 2017, 8:13 am

Does it make a difference where the string being searched for comes from?

I notice that when the search for the name doesn't work, if I put in part of the original email address it does.

And the implication of this I'm imagining is that maybe if the string is derived from my address book and not part of the original email coding that that might be the the reason it doesn't work.

I don't read the code, but I'd be interested if anybody can confirm this for me. And if it is in fact the case, maybe the search algorithm should be updated to include the Address Book string.

Thanks,
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Post Posted January 24th, 2017, 8:23 am

To which "string" are you referring?

It may be that the address book entry for that contact requires updating. Does the record include first name, last name, display name, and email address, all in the appropriate fields?

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Post Posted January 28th, 2017, 3:14 pm

In my address book I often add to the Display field a string in parentheses to allow me to search for that group.

So I set my filter for a "From" string up to use the Display string from the Address Book. But it I think the way the filter stuff works the From string is only derived from the actual email address. And perhaps it should also search the Address Book Display string if there is a matching entry from the Address Book for that particular email address.

Does this make sense?

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Post Posted January 29th, 2017, 10:26 am

It does make sense. Unfortunately, at this time, that's not the way it is designed to work. The filters aren't paying any attention to the address book except to see if the From email address is or is not in the address book, if the filter includes that test. All of the other filter choices for "From" are evaluating the content of the "From" field in the message header.

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Post Posted January 30th, 2017, 11:28 am

Thanks, Dan, for the reply.

I was thinking that was what was going on.

It would be nice thought for people at least find something in the Forum that specifically about this for others who stumble over it.

And it might be an interesting thing to think about as a future tweek if someone has the time and knows the code.

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Post Posted January 30th, 2017, 12:26 pm

Agreed, Mac. Something to put on our Christmas wish lists...

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Post Posted April 20th, 2017, 11:33 am

DanRaisch wrote:Have you tried "contains" rather than "Is" for the text criteria?


Thanks, Dan. Yes, that's what I didn't do.

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