[Spambayes] Alternative to Gmail?
skip at pobox.com
skip at pobox.com
Sun Jul 29 16:18:48 CEST 2007
This is more than a bit off-topic for this list, but as the folks here are
interested in email and spam I thought I'd see what recommendations you
Since leaving the Mojam/Musi-Cal space about 6-8 months ago and no longer
having easy, guaranteed long-term access to a mail server I've been using
Gmail. On the surface it's quite nice. I can read mail through the web
wherever I happen to be, and it seemed that it was doing a pretty good job
of filtering out spam, taking a load off both SpamBayes and my laptop.
Over the past few days it's become increasingly obvious though that Gmail is
actually doing a very bad job of spam filtering. I don't mind the few true
spams that it misses, maybe 10-15 per day, most of which SpamBayes
classifies correctly. I first noticed it when I noticed much of the mail I
sent to lists I post to frequently were themselves being classified as spam.
It seems that Gmail is mistakenly classifying several good emails each day
as spam, again, maybe 10-15 messages. That means I must wade through the
thousands of emails in my spam box searching among the detritus for the good
messages Gmail missed. Hardly makes sense to use a spam filter if you have
to pick through your spam manually.
To make matters worse, they provide essentially no tools to help in that
search. For instance, you can't select all the non-English (or non-Roman
character set) spams to quickly get them out of the way. You can't turn a
knob to make their spam filter less aggressive (or disable it altogether).
The mail messages aren't marked in any way that would indicate why Gmail
thought a particular message was spam.
Long story short, I think I want to find an alternative email provider. Are
any of the others any better? I do need POP or IMAP access. Beyond that
I'm pretty flexible.
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