| does sending a spam message to the spam folder in Yahoo actually do anything to report/reduce spam?

does sending a spam message to the spam folder in Yahoo actually do anything to report/reduce spam?

swingsister_t asked:


More and more, I’m receiving spam emails in my yahoo email inbox! I figured by pushing the “spam” button and moving them, I was notifying Yahoo and they could adjust their spam filters.

If anything I’m getting more spam than I used to!

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2 Responses to “does sending a spam message to the spam folder in Yahoo actually do anything to report/reduce spam?”

  1. Hotfire on June 10th, 2009 6:59 pm

    Reporting SPAM hasn’t done anything to reduce the garbage in my inbox. I still get the same crummy Viagr/Medications ads daily.

  2. Benjamin A on June 11th, 2009 4:21 am

    By reporting the spam email to Yahoo using the “This Is Spam” button, you do adjust the criteria which Yahoo filters spam to you. My spam al goes to the spam folder now… though it is still about 100 a day or so.

    The biggest problem is that Yahoo uses a spam filter that is mostly static. This is a term I made up myself, not an actual type. What I mean is that the filter uses its criteria to judge what email is spam by what it can see. What is can’t see, words with spaces or with symbols rather than letters or mispellings, go through.

    Also, the filters don’t check on the actual sender when an email arrives. If, when the email arrives, the Yahoo server sends a responce email to the sender and waits for a reply, deleting or filtering emails that com from email addresses that are fake, then you would see a large drop in delivered mail. This would solve a lot of spam. It might catch some legitamate “No-reply” addresses, but those are easy to filter it.

    Unfortunatly, this type of program costs money to implement and a free email system like Yahoo looks to it’s bottom line.