Oops: Gmail Spam Filter Changes Bite Linus Torvalds

As reported on Slashdot: "[After recent spam filter changes at Gmail, Linux inventor Linus] Torvalds said his own experience [is] that around 30 per cent of the mail in his spam box turned out not to be spam."

I see lots of false positives in my own mailboxes as well, but I don't think it's really Google's fault. I'm on various lists talking about email authentication, DMARC, and so forth. Those discussions bring a lot of IT folks who often first implement DMARC in a way that practically begs Google to treat their mail more suspiciously. And a few of the lists are managed with outdated list management tools, that have yet to be updated to play nice with DMARC.

So I know I'm an edge case. I wonder if the same can be said of Linus Torvalds.

1,072,835 Page views!

I registered the domain spamresource.com on December 31, 2000 and in the year 2001 first used it as a platform to publish my thoughts and opinions on spam-related topics (hand coding the HTML all along the way).

Throughout 2004 and 2005, I also used the domain name to house an online software store. My employer at the time had a contest to see who could generate the most online sales from their own external websites, and I ended up winning one of the prizes. It wasn't about to make me rich any time soon, but it was a fun experiment in online sales and I made a nice amount of pocket money for a time. (Without engaging in unethical SEO tricks or spam or anything like that.)

In August 2006, I moved Spam Resource over to Google's Blogger platform (and was able to transition many of the prior posts over, to keep a good sense of history going).

Google's Blogger dashboard for Spam Resource says there have been 1,072,835 page views for all time. Let's assume that means that many page views since it went live on Blogger in 2006. That's probably not a lot compared to so many of the bigger sites out there, but it feels like a lot to me.

I'm sad to have missed the one millionth page view, which probably slipped on by sometime earlier this year. But I'm happy to have made it to and beyond this milestone and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has read, linked to, or commented on my blog throughout the years. I appreciate you and I thank you.