Important Note for GMail-Using Subscribers

Hi everyone – this is NOT related to vermicomposting. Nevertheless, it is pretty important for all those of you who happen to use GMail and who are on the RWC e-mail list (or thinking about signing up).

Earlier in the summer, Google took it upon themselves to add a new “convenient” feature, referred to as “Inbox Tabs” to all GMail accounts. What this has meant is that ALL emails are now being grouped in one of three different “tabs” – Primary, Social, Promotions (note: some people may have “Updates” and “Forums” tabs activated as well).

The problem is that they are classifying a very wide range of emails as “Promotions” – which, for those of us with e-mails lists, means that many subscribers are now missing some or all of our messages.

There are two main options for remedying this situation: 1) Move a lost message to “Primary” – and tell Gmail you want all future emails from that address to be sent there, OR 2) Turn off tabs altogether.

1) Moving Emails From “Promotions” to “Primary” (and Making it Permanent)

NOTE: If you are having trouble seeing the details in these images on a PC monitor press “CTRL” “+” (without the quotes of course!). “CTRL” “-” lets you zoom out again.

The first step is to check the messages in your Promotions tab, looking for any that have come from Red Worm Composting

If you see a msg from RWC, right click on it then select “Move to Tab” and then “Primary”

At this point there should be a yellow notice at the top of the page asking you if you want to “Undo” the move and, more importantly, “Do this for future messages from Yes

Clicking the “Yes” should ensure that all future messages from RWC go straight to your inbox.

2) Turning off Gmail Inbox Tabs

This is actually really easy (but may not be advisable if you DO receive a lot of promotional emails and don’t want them cluttering your inbox).

When you are in your “Primary” tab (your main “Inbox”) and you can see the different tabs across the top, there will be a “+” to the right hand side of the last tab (in my case this is the “Promotions” tab). When you click on the “+” you can then easily decide what tabs you want to keep active.

If you want a more visual how-to, be sure to check out Google’s own instructional page on the topic.

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    • Lynn
    • September 10, 2013

    Wow, the stuff you have to do, just to keep the status quo. Thanks, Bentley!

    • Tim
    • September 19, 2013

    The simple solution is to NEVER user gmail… It may be free, but you get what you pay for…

    • Al
    • July 31, 2015

    Just watched you trench method on Youtube and was intriged. I was wondering what climate zone you are in, but then I saw your address. I am in Nebraska and was concerned re: frezzing over the winter. Just signed up for your newsletter.


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    • Bentley
    • February 8, 2018

    You’ve come to the RIGHT place, Richard!!

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