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Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Fri, 14th Mar '08 2:25 AM


Hi, all ..

My email program called the daily TQOTD email from Sploofus 'known spam' for a couple of days. Not suspect spam, but known spam. That was strange. I have a filter set to direct that email to a specific folder, and I was surprised that the count on that folder did not increase for a couple of days.

Kaelin, or you other web-savvy folks, does this happen often? Can anyone, arbitrarily, brand something as spam?

Not that I am concerned about missing an announcement of the arrival of 2.0. I figure, that will be Christmas for me, and I do want to be pleasantly surprised. Just the kid in me.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 14th Mar '08 7:06 AM

Spam is spam when it's unwanted. When are boring messageboard posts spam?

Maggie7556  (Level: 215.3 - Posts: 268)
Fri, 14th Mar '08 6:45 PM

Boring is so subjective. What some find fascinating, others find totally boring. And, of course, vice versa.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 14th Mar '08 6:54 PM

Many times with companies that send out daily or constant news, they get flagged by mail filters as spam.

With AOL (shudder and apologies to the users - just hate it) - there is a little button or used to be where you click spam - and it's off. What happens is that the more people that click spam the higher it registers and soon its "known spam".

Now most of the time, people have signed up for newsletters, but they think that hitting "spam" will just send it to their spam folder, and not that backend of what it actually does...then people that are expecting emails aren't getting them because instead of deleting or just "filtering" to a folder or the trash - it is now spam.

The same is true with many services.

I just had to send out an email to 10,000 of our high schoo grads for the upcoming annual meeting to elect officers for the alumni association - the most annoying part of that is the "click to make sure this isn't spam" - but if I want to communicate with the people I need to communicate with - gotta do it.

I could really go off on a tirade about how bad spammers suck and how they cost business so much money every day - but it would be pointless...but HOPEFULLY that helps explain why a legitimate person might get "tagged" as spammers - shoot even my mom & dad who are on sbcglobal - come across as known spammers because of spammers spoofing sbcglobal (and other providers) email addresses.....and the beat goes on!

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 1:02 PM


Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 9:19 PM

I've noticed gmail flagging some stuff as spam as well. Nothing from here but from another message board that I follow and get a daily digest from. Yesterday I had to remove messages from my spam box from that group. I assume it was because I had gotten 6 daily digests of 25 messages for the group in less then 24 hours. It flagged the last 2 digests as spam. I just clicked the "not spam" button to hopefully let gmail know that those messages were actually wanted and not just annoying spam. I have yet to figure out the spam filtering stuff. All I know is that gmail does a really good job of filtering out the annoying spam like all those viagra emails, the you're approved for (fill in blank), Enter to win a (fill in the blank), penis enlargement and all that junk.

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