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This is SPAM.

I have a yahoo email account, Yahoo has started the "This is spam sweepstakes"

http://mail.promotions.yahoo.com/ymail_spamguard

After I marked and sent a couple of mails as SPAM to Yahoo, i have seen a huge increase of SPAM in my Inbox...

Anyone else experiencing this?

Prakash S
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

I've been using Yahoo's spam gaurds for a while now and found them very effective.

Ged Byrne
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

+1 for very effective. Some gets through, but nowhere near as much as gets caught, and it seems to get better over time.

Brad (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

I had a similar experience to the original post, however it was prior to the contest.  It seemed to start when they introduced their newest version of spamguard. 

It may be as simple as spammers have figured out how to spoof it.

Mike Gamerland
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

I've seen the same thing: check the box for "enter sweepstakes", see your inbox spam count rise for the next day or so. But it's rather hard to prove any correlation, because the spam that gets through yahoo's filters always comes and goes in waves.

Martha
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

I'd participate in that promotion if they kicked people out for falsely blocking. What makes virtually every spam blocker unusable is that they have terrible records blocking legit emails.

pb
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

I've had a few of those, thought I find them easy enough to handle.

I always have a quick glance over my Bulk folder to see if there's anything in there I want, and mark it with 'This is not Spam.'

I'm guessing that by participating in the sweepstake you'r volunteering to be a guini pig.  Perhaps there using it as a method of validating the blocker.

Ged Byrne
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Out of curiosity, I checked my Yahoo Mail box and found some 15-20 spam, even though I haven't clicked to participate in any contest.

So I started to get upset about all the spam, then I remembered that I'm paying 0$/month for the service anyway.

Kyralessa
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

I've seen the same increase when I was actively clicking the "This Is Spam" link on spam. When I stopped identifying spam for them, less spam started getting through.

The paranoid in me began thinking that perhaps Yahoo's spam guard is based entirely around people clicking the "This Is Spam" link, and that if you start using it you are marked down as a useful filtering tool.

Gustavo W.
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

I used to use the yahoo "this is spam" button to tag stuff that got to my inbox, and then a few months ago I stopped, and as far as I can tell, there has been no difference in the level of spam coming through to me.

But then I don't really see how this is going to work anyway, if it isn't set for individual users. Even if other people let it through, I might consider it spam, and vice versa. They can block the worst offenders dominas, but others will quickly pick up the slack.

Wouldn't it be more effective to let me set individual preferences to block content? I could send everything to the bulk folder that contained keywords I choose, like viagra, diet, make money, etc.? 

Makes sense to me, but maybe I'm missing something...

Matt
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

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