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Unbelievable amounts of spam 
12th-Apr-2007 04:06 pm
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I started keeping spam statistics (yeah, I'm a stats geek) because it felt like 1/3 to 1/2 of my e-mail was spam -- and indeed it was. (Sometimes even more than 1/2.) One day (granted after a vacation) when I arrived I had 529 pieces of spam out of 1085 emails total. (The Outlook filters had found and identified as spam 465 of these, plus 8 items that were not spam.)

Other days it was 184 spam / 305 mail total. 126/224. 28/50. 20/44.

On 3/26 it was 71/180.

Then the next day it was 2/27. What? Does no-one love me any more? 3/25. 3/41. 6/33. After a weekend 19/91, 5/36, 4/32, 2/26, 2/34.
Another weekend: 12/82, 3/31, 5/32.

Then today there was ONE item in my spam folder. And it was a false positive. I was beginning to worry until I got a real item of spam just now. They're doing a coffee survey and want to give me $500 in Starbucks drinks.

Of course my yahoo account is really accumulating it. Do you think I should go for 6 extra inches or only 3?
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13th-Apr-2007 09:46 am (UTC)
There have been times when I've had one hundred percent spam. Of course, I usually check at least a couple of times a day, so I might have had real mail that same day, but during a different session...
13th-Apr-2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
This account is the same one I use for my work-stuff, so I'm in it all day -- I only keep stats from the morning first-time-in view. I can't imagine not getting work-or-personal mail during any significant period of time. (The yahoo account, on the other hand, only really collect LJ & spam, so that one can be all spam for several days running.)
13th-Apr-2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
I've almost given up looking through my spam. If something gets flagged as a false positive I'm likely never to see it. This is why I try to whitelist my friends.

Oh, and definitely go for the extra inches. For whatever reason I seem to get the breast enlargement spam while Beth gets the "make your #$%% 6" longer!" spam. But it doesn't matter; with all the drugs they want us to buy we'll be so high we wouldn't have time for that sort of thing anyway.
13th-Apr-2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Can't not-look through the spam. There's a specific work-item that is being spam-flagged on a daily basis. Plus I'm anal that way.

I'm wondering if they're cumulative. Can I get the 6" and the 3" and have a full 9" extra. And what about what I get in tomorrow's mail?
15th-Apr-2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
I do sometimes feel bad for not going through my spam. I'll skim a few hundred pieces and then give up when I realize I have over 5000 pieces to plow through.

Go for the whole package and surprise Clark. ;)
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