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What's with those [*Spam*] tags?

2010-07-07

Mail processing is done in two stages. The first stage is one of our three Mailcleaner servers, which scans messages for viruses, dangerous content, and spam. If a message looks like spam to the Mailcleaner it will add a [*Spam*] tag to the subject, then pass the message to the second stage, our primary mail server, for additional scanning. The second-stage server regards a [*Spam*] tag as a suggestion only, and may or may not classify the message as spam, in which case the tag is unnecessary. We're planning to implement a system to remove the extraneous tag from the subject line before delivering the message to you. In the meantime, you might also regard it as a suggestion, because the message very well could be spam, disguised by the spammer.

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