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How does gmail handle spam?
A question for beta testers
Clark




msg:1555210
 5:47 pm on May 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Does GMAIL go beyond the usual useless BS spam filters? Have you seen your spam go down? (Of course, your address is "new" so it will start out with less spam, the test will be for email addresses posted publicly...)

 

eaden




msg:1555211
 10:56 pm on May 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

the spam filters are probally 90% correct. That is to say 5% of spam will make it into your inbox, and 5% of your real mail will make it into the spam folder.

Clark




msg:1555212
 11:14 pm on May 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

In other words, nothing new.

PatrickDeese




msg:1555213
 11:15 pm on May 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

I wonder if anyone has had a gmail account long enough to get on many spam lists, in other words, I wonder if gMail's filters have even been truly challenged yet.

eaden




msg:1555214
 11:26 pm on May 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

I wonder if anyone has had a gmail account long enough to get on many spam lists, in other words, I wonder if gMail's filters have even been truly challenged yet.

yes, becasue you can forward your existing mail into your gmail account.

Clark




msg:1555215
 4:09 am on May 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Oh well... I was hoping they would success with spam where everyone else failed. How about ease of use in adding filters?

prattboy




msg:1555216
 7:43 am on May 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

I haven't nearly had 90% spam being caught. I've been testing out Gmail's spam capabilities by asking people to spam me. "Out of the box" it's maybe catching 25% of all spam. This is after approximatley 650 messages in three days.

I have more details if anyone is interested. In all fairness, my methods aren't exactly scientific and the service is in beta.

anallawalla




msg:1555217
 2:20 pm on May 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

yes, becasue you can forward your existing mail into your gmail account.

Thanks for the tip. I have a web host address that gets tons of east asian character spam. I'll put a .forward there and let Gmail sort it out. :)

ThomasB




msg:1555218
 10:24 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just added my GMail address to some forum Profiles and I'm really looking forward to my first spam emails.

Teknorat




msg:1555219
 2:18 am on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I only just got mine but no spam yet.

marketingmaniac




msg:1555220
 10:49 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

havent forwarded my regular email to gmail yet
but worth a try just to report the spam that
gets through to the gteam.

anallawalla




msg:1555221
 7:56 am on May 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Definitely receives spam but I am sure that a ton of it was filtered out. I used to get lots of CJK double-byte spam at my web host address, which I have forwarded to Gmail. Only the English-language stuff got through and it looked mainly like link swap, logo designs, virus received - type of messages.

Gmail lets you see a few of the opening words, so you can mark for deletion without opening.

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