Q: I have several rules to mark bulk messages as read. How stupid is it that Outlook 2003 beeps, shows me the new mail notifier window, shows the new message in my "Unread Mail" filter; and then marks the message read and hides it?

A: Very.

It's difficult to get a mailbox ("Search Folder") or View/Filter to update; I've hit F5 (Refresh) several times, and watched read messages drop out of my "Unread Mail" search most times (but not reliably), but I haven't had the patience to keep hitting F5 enough to see if the list of messages would eventually correct itself. I've switched to other mailboxes and back, but that doesn't work most of the time either.