Did Gmail’s Spam Filtering Freak Out Recently?

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While I’ve been a big fan of Gmail for a long time now (especially the spam filtering), earlier this week things really got bad.

Until Monday or Tuesday, I’d normally see 1-2 false positives in my spam folder each month. So I only looked at it once a week or so and did so very quickly. But I wasn’t seeing some mail I expected and it finally occurred to me that I ought to check the spam folder. I was shocked to see a non-trivial chunk of my mail ending up there!

If I had to guess, I’d say I was suddenly dealing with a 5% false positive rate compared to what was far less than 0.1% previously. So I’ve been checking much more frequently during the last few days and marking items as “not spam” when necessary.

Things seem to be improving slowly. But I was a little stunned by the dramatic change. Has anyone else encountered this recently?



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Jeremy Zawodny is the author of the popular Jeremy Zawodny’s blog. Jeremy is part of the Yahoo search team and frequently posts in the Yahoo! Search blog as well.

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