I've been using it for many months now... since the early days.
But whether it's catching a lot of SPAM or not the fact remains that I clear over 200 SPAM emails from my inbox everyday which GMail has not caught. Even Outlook Express - with a load of rules set - is better.
GMail's spam systems are individualised for each user, it'll soon learn what is and what isn't spam after you have used it for a while.
Sorry, I don't see it working this way at all. Every single day Gmail puts the same newsletters into my spam box, and every single day I tell them this is not SPAM. Any spam filtering system that puts legitimate mail into the junk folder is useless to me. This system certainly does not learn from individual actions.
Thats odd because I see the exact opposite. If a newsletter or other frequently received e-mail gets put into my spam box it seriously only takes one press of the not spam button to stop it getting put in there any more.
I keep hearing very different reactions to the spam filtering from people. Makes me wonder if certain people are on a different system to others as the characteristics of the filtering seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Just remembered something which may catch users out - It seems that if you have a filter applied that causes mail to skip the inbox and be moved to the trash then those e-mails will not be checked for spam. I'm not sure if it works the same for other labels.
as the characteristics of the filtering seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Having had Gmail since it's inception and dealing with a moderate amount of mail - 1000+ per day through 3 accounts - I have noticed that the SPAM filtering goes through cycles.
At times we will see a large number of SPAM in the in-box. As we mark these as SPAM over the course of a few days the numbers become less and less. At the same time a few actual e-mails reach the SPAM box. After marking these as "not SPAM" the system seems to right itself and everything returns to normal - no real mail in the SPAM box and only the odd one in the in-box.
It occurs to me that the spammers figure out a way around the filters and then it takes a few days for Gmail to adjust.
I've used SpamBayes for quite a while now, and it outperforms the GMail filters by an incredibly wide margin. However, we're not looking at comparable filters as the GMail filters certainly don't learn from individual training.
I have NEVER had a single piece of spam (Viagra, Xanax, Mortgages etc) in my Gmail account which I've held for over a year. The only things that have gone in my spam box are newsletters I have signed up for and once I tell Gmail that they are not spam they end up in my in box.
In all my other email accounts I receive loads of spam and it's not that I have a wierd name that spam generators couldn't generate.