What are the email messages with the subject: DO NOT DELETE THIS MESSAGE

As the text of these messages say, they aren't really email messages. They are created whenever you read your email with a program that uses the IMAP email protocol to handle your Inbox and other email folders. IMAP creates these messages, which it uses for internal record keeping.

You shouldn't see these messages when you read your email with an email program that is set up to use IMAP. That includes WebMail and pine, which use only IMAP. You can also set up Eudora, Netscape, and Outlook to use IMAP rather than POP.

You will see these messages when you use an email program that is set up to use IMAP along with another email program that is set up to use POP. Say, for example, if you use WebMail and Eudora with POP or Eudora with IMAP and Eudora with POP. If you change your personal computer email program to use IMAP (these days, just about all of them can, including, specifically, Eudora, Netscape, and Outlook), then you should never see these messages again.

If you don't want to do that, you can ignore them; the messages can be annoying, but they are harmless.

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January 31, 2012

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