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Jan 5, 2012 GMail Spam Filter: Why it’s Evil and How to Disable It

I’ve lost an important email recently. Some internet beast in the mail food chain swallowed it silently and never released. After some investigation I found that the party responsible for this evil act was in gmail. And 15 more minutes invested into reasearch revealed a few interesting facts about how Gmail teats spam:

  1. Google’s spam filters are notoriously bad. Go to gmail.com, hit Spam “mailbox” (it is typically hidden under “More” arrow and check out how many non-spam emails are there. I had two dozen emails sitting there.
  2. Google’s spam filters process all emails in a centralized manner meaning there is no way to disable them. Don’t look for this option in the settings – it’s not there. In fact it’s not anywhere!
  3. And on top of this Google’s spam “mailbox” automatically purges emails older than 30 days

So to sum up all this GMail randomly destroys your emails and doesn’t bother about notifying you about that. So here is a workaround for this:

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