SPAM Filters - Helpful or Nuisance?

Chennai, India
May 10, 2009 11:39am CST
I use Yahoo, Gmail and some other email services. All my services have SPAM filters and by default they are ON. But, I put them OFF because sometimes they filter some of my important emails and put them in the SPAM folder. If I overlook or ignore, they get deleted. So, sometimes these spam filters become nuisance rather than helpful. Do you put your SPAMguard ON or OFF?
3 responses
@egdcltd (6704)
10 May 09
I leave them on. But, I still have to manually delete some spam, and check my spam folder for stuff that's been marked as spam but isn't.
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• Chennai, India
11 May 09
Then, what's the use of spam filters? That's why I put off my spam guard. At least they won't get deleted automatically and remain inside my Inbox. You may know, spam folders are cleaned up periodically and automatically. If we just ignore to open it, some of our important mails may get deleted.
@egdcltd (6704)
11 May 09
I download my mail to my PC, so at least the mails aren't deleted until I decide to. It's slightly better than not having them on, but I wish it would learn better.
@patialvi (715)
• India
11 May 09
i put my spam filter on as it help me differentiating my mails. if you don't put your spam filter on then you will be spending all day reading your or spam mails in single inbox. if you want your main mails to reach to your inbox make sure you have added them in your address book. whenever you join any good site, add their addresses in your address book, it will never go in spam. spam happens only when one person is sending mails to many (say 100 people) or if the address of the sender is not in your address book.
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• Chennai, India
11 May 09
My ISP themselves are good spammer. They block all the regular mails as SPAM and send spams. Their spamguard is so designed to allow their own spams. In general, any message automatically generated, is considered spam by those filters. Otherwise, I don't find any difference. And I prefer yahoo than Gmail.
@kumarpslv (3218)
• India
10 May 09
As I am trusting them, I used to turn it off. Most of my friends mails are filtered as spam and I used to receive many of the actual spam mails into my inbox. If we compare the yahoo and gmail, yahoo spam filter found to be worst in my case. Now gmail spam filter in not updated one it seems and they are sending many spams into the in box. Though we are having spam filter,we need to look after each and every mail.Then why should we have that one?
• Chennai, India
11 May 09
Yeah...I agree. The spams go to the inbox and the real messages go to the spam folder. But, as I use Outlook Express, I can instruct Yahoo to send SPAMs too, to my inbox, when I access through POP. In that case, yahoo adds a word 'BULK', before the subject. But Gmail doesn't seem to have this feature, which makes it hard for me. I have to visit Gmail and check manually the spam folder. So my experience with Yahoo is better than Gmail.