Take the 2-minute tour ×
Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is there a way to implement a whitelist-based system in Gmail? Specifically:

  1. all messages coming from addresses in a "white list" get through;
  2. all messages coming that are responses in a pre-existing thread get through;
  3. all messages that include a special "passcode" string get through;
  4. the remaining messages trigger an automated canned response giving instructions on how to get added to the whitelist; these massages are automatically marked as spam.

Thanks!

share|improve this question
    
Will you settle for a need to update two filters when you change white list? –  Dmitry Selitskiy Feb 13 '12 at 3:25
    
I'm definitely interested! –  kjo Feb 13 '12 at 17:35
1  
OK, I'll put together an answer –  Dmitry Selitskiy Feb 14 '12 at 0:31
add comment

1 Answer

Enter the following in the search bar, replacing the angle-bracket delimited stuff with actual details.

-from:{<space-separated list of whitelisted emails>} AND -body:{<passcode>} AND -label:{whitethread}

Run the search, then click the dropdown arrow in the search box:

enter image description here

Select "Create filter with this search", and make it send the canned response.

Now, run a search for

from:{<space-separated list of whitelisted emails>} OR body:{<passcode>}

and make it apply the label "whitethread" in the same manner.

Also apply "whitethread" to all the emails in your account. (All Mails>Select All)

This will put all "whitelisted" emails/threads in a label, and check for mails:

which do NOT come from your whitelisted email, AND don't have the passcode, AND aren't in the whitelisted thread. Probably what you wanted :)

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.