I guess anyone with an address on our domain observed that spam is once again increasing, despite the spam filtering. The reason is
Firebrand's mail addy
(LOL no, it's nothing personal). Thing is, SpamAssassin scores every incoming mail and if the mail reaches a certain score (default 5.0), the mail is tagged as spam and gets destroyed. Else it gets through normally.
Now the thing is, run-of-the-mill mails mostly have a score below 1.0 (and in a few cases somewhat above it), but a simple legit mail from <firstname.lastname@example.org> gets a score of 4.6. Mostly because of things like
- it's on a typical spammer domain (yahoo)
- the username ends in numbers (spammers do that most of the time)
- the mail server your yahoo mail goes out through is an open relay server (if you use POP or IMAP with a mail client, it's a prob with your provider maybe, else it's a generic prob with yahoo)
I've checked spam lately that got through and a lot of it has a score above 4.x and some has 3.x. Just this morning I got a spam that's very clearly spam with a score of 4.5 - but as long as I have to keep the door open for you Firebrand with your 4.6, such spam will have to get through. As a comparison, on RavenGames.com the current threshold is 4.5 and once the new contact forms are up, it'll most probably be reduced to 3.0 or so (currently too many contact mails from yahoo, hotmail etc. would get lost).
BTW to a somewhat smaller extent it applies to Mago's hotmail addy too (another typical spammer domain), I just can't say exactly how high the default score is, since the last mails I got from you came in at a time when SpamAssassin was disactivated on the domain. You might want to send me a test mail for evaluation.