I am trying to have Gmail send me a notification only when I receive a message from specific addresses.

This is the option I have selected in settings:

Important mail notifications on - Notify me only when an important message arrives in my inbox

I have filters that automatically mark messages from specific senders as important. However, Gmail continues to mark almost all incoming mail as important, even though I have this selected in the importance settings under "Inbox":

Don't use my past actions to predict which messages are important.

I even tried a filter that said never to mark messages without a specific (uncommon) word as important, but it didn't help. Nearly all of my messages are marked as important, and I get notified for almost all of them. How can I stop Gmail from marking my conversations as important other than the ones I have as filters?

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