Less Junk in my Trunk

Just a quick note to say that I’ve cranked my email SPAM controls way up, on both the server side and with local filtering. So if you really are a Nigerian prince with a bit of a banking problem, or someone from Men’s Health who really does want to make me a great offer, then you’re probably out of luck.

That also means that friends who put a lot of junk in their emails will also get filtered. Oh well. But here are a few tips to help prevent having your email spam filtered (and not just with me):

  • Use plain text email instead of HTML. That means you won’t be able to use all sorts of fancy fonts and colors, but who cares? It’s email. Get over it!
  • Don’t fill up your email with links. The more links in your message, the more likely it will get filtered.
  • Ditto pictures. If you must send pictures by email, you should follow up with a no-picture message saying something like “I just sent you those photos. If you didn’t get them, check your spam folder.”
  • Make sure your email is configured properly. Spam filters look for things like inconsistencies in email headers, so if you’re sending it from Hotmail but the return address is configured to say Yahoo, you’re probably going to get filtered.

In the meantime, if you send me an email and I don’t reply, then try me again with a plain text message.