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Posted by: stak
Posted on: 2008-11-29 20:13:09

Is it just me, or has anybody else noticed that shortly after (within a minute or two) emptying their spam folder in Gmail there will be single new piece of spam? I first noticed this happening early this year, and it seems to happen pretty consistently. Given that I receive ~40 spam/week, the average interval between spam should be 252 minutes so it seems unlikely that this is a coincidence.

Posted by null at 2008-11-29 21:59:47
Lucky man. 40/week is low.
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Posted by null at 2008-11-29 22:00:22

Apparently my name is now null?
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Posted by null at 2008-11-29 22:00:37
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Posted by stak at 2008-11-29 22:14:25
Oops. Was making some changes, didn't realize that would happen. It should only have been null as the default value if you weren't logged in. Should be fixed now.
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Posted by stak at 2008-11-29 22:16:00
Well, I attribute it mostly to using unique email addresses for everything and being able to dispose of any email addresses at which spam starts arriving. The gmail spam is left over from when I signed up for stuff with my gmail account.
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Posted by Varun at 2008-11-30 01:11:21
Sadly in my case, it is a case of a family member who had my Gmail address got something that harvested my address. Or sent me an "evite" or something like that.

That's always the problem: you can be the most security conscious person in the world, but at the end of the day, you can get screwed by someone else's lax practices.
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Posted by rohan at 2008-11-30 10:21:44
I don't get any spam
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Posted by stak at 2008-11-30 10:56:54
I think that means you're not using the internet correctly. :)
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Posted by Edrie at 2008-11-30 03:22:54
Um, nope, does not happen to me.
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Posted by jrogers at 2008-11-30 20:53:40
I get about 30 spams/day on average in my spam folder, but I don't the magical single message appearing after emptying it.
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