On the flip side, the spam filter seems to be very US-centric, allowing a lot of spam through my local ISP's spam filter does catch.
Finally the lack of control over the spam filtering is ridiculous if you compare it to what many ordinary ISP's offer.
The irony is that most of the spam that gets through my spam filter comes from gmail.
One that is with p > .995 spam for all the viagra pills and lasik and everything.
Another should be for the emails that are probably spam but not certainly.
For the record, I just went over the 151 spam messages I've received over the past 2 weeks and had 0 false positives. That's pretty good.
These false positives include messages from Google services and from my work email (which is in my contacts).
It's a little strange. Some false positives are very understandable. A lot are just ridiculous. I'd gladly lower the sensitivity of the filter if Gmail allowed it.
On a side note, about 20% of my actual spam over the last few months purports to be from young women named "Jessica," though it's not clear that I'm supposed to believe that it's coming from the same person. Is this just a go-to name for spam pretending to be from friendly (young female) strangers?
The nearly certain spam is delivered to /dev/null. The very likely spam is delivered to Junk.
Spam For Sure
Then again, you could say it's just a cost of using GMail, and it's offset by all the correctly identified spam emails.
The other way, too. If you forward email from a google apps account to gmail (or another google apps account), funky stuff happens.
Colin from customer.io wrote about this once...
After investigation, it appeared that the ahbl.org's RBL was now wildcarding everything as spam : http://ahbl.org/node
In my particular case I use my own servers that flags mails before sending them to google.
I doubt that google relies on ahbl but most servers with a old version of spamassassin do.
IMHO Those false positive by gmail might be due to a large amount of false positive forwarded to them by servers that rely on spamassassin.
I have had moments of frustration where I've selected a whole group of these emails and marked them as spam in the hopes that they would stop showing up in my inbox.
If I sign up on some service with firstname.lastname@example.org and I get a newsletter from some other unrelated company, I mark it as spam.
What's really amazing is all of the emails I've fished out of there that are pretty much exactly like tons of other emails I've been receiving for years, often from the same address.
I mean, an Erlang-related email from erlang-questions (which I've been subscribed to with Gmail for 6 years) with "gen_server" in it... that's just not spam.
No false positive spam at all in the personal account, and only a few dozen spam over the last several weeks.
One false positive spam in the business account out of the several hundred I bothered to check before I got bored (I've close to 800 spam over the last few weeks) - and that false positive is something I could easily have ignored.
Works for me, FWIW, YMMV and likely does.
More privacy and more power over spam filtering.
But something has gone seriously awry :-/
Some stuff I want in my primary account. Some stuff I want in the commercial tab. A lot of it I don't want at all and I'm really happy if Google marks it as spam.
I don't blame Google at all for this. The blame lies squarely with fucking arseholes who have no concept of me not wanting their shitty fucking email. "We get more conversion if we poke people in the eye with this pointy stick!" Maybe, but you're an arsehole if you do and you should feel bad for doing it and you should stop doing it.
I don't believe paying for more space changes your free Gmail in any way. I too used free Gmail and paid for Drive space but it's not comparable to paying for Google Apps.
Sorry, who told you that you could trust email? It has been broken ever since we decided an arms race was the best way to fight spamming.
No, I don't have a better solution. Doesn't stop email being broken.
"Be careful with this message. Many people marked similar messages as spam." is what Gmail reports. I've been subscribed to tcl-core for years, too.
This is made worse by the fact that marking messages as spam requires you to open the email first. By the time you open it, the spammer knows your email address is valid and active and even if you mark it as spam, your email will probably have made it to some other list of 'validated gmail users'.
For example, here is Basecamp's logo as it's displayed by Gmail:
These images are proxied, so the sender can't tell if you actually viewed them them. Only Google can. http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/images-now-showing.htm...
You can also disable the "auto-viewing" of images, as described in the link above.
This is made worse by the fact that marking messages as spam requires you to open the email first.
You can still check the little box next to the email (in the inbox view) and then click "spam". This allows you to mark an email as spam without viewing it.
Also, in the settings you can set it to ask before displaying images.