False Positives for Gmail’s Spam Filters
A word to the wise.
There’s some anecdotal evidence that Google has recently modified the Spam filtering algorithm for Gmail. This afternoon, I checked the Spam folder for my primary e-mail account and discovered that over the past two days, six legitimate messages had been flagged as Spam. All but one of those were “bulk mail” messages, sent to mailing lists, but none of them were unsolicited. I’ve received similar messages (from the same senders) before without them getting flagged as Spam.
If you’re like me, you’ve come to rely so heavily on Gmail’s excellent Spam filtering that you just “set it and forget it”. For the time being, however, you might want to keep an eye on what’s ending up in your Spam folder—at least until the problem is corrected.