East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Gmail is the devil


OK, sorry guys, I’m going to rant a little here.
Fact is, I’m beginning to seriously hate Gmail.
First, there was the matter of the digital magazine subscription – every month for one year the publisher sent me a copy of the download link in a mail, and every damn month the mail was filed as spam, and there was no way to teach the frigging filter that the thing was emphatically not spam.
Throughout 2013, I got my copies of Apex Magazine a few weeks later than everyone else – literally picking my copies in the dustbin.
And one supposedly does a digital subscription to save on delivery time…


Then there is the issue of the guy with my same name, and a very similar email address – and I get a copy of everything that is sent to him because Gmail decided we are the same person, and his email is a backup account of mine.
And by everything, I mean everything – including special offers on diapers, off-color exchanges between him and his football teammates, and work email.
I contacted the guy the day I received a payment receipt with all of his personal data on display. He reacted by insulting me, and by sending along with his abusive reply an attachment with a virus.
Weird chap…

Then, less than one month ago, Gmail again decided a message to me was spam – and thus I lost a great job opportunity. This was extremely embarrassing, and a big financial loss for me – but apparently there’s nothing that can be done.

Today once again I subscribed to a digital magazine.
And again I had to go and pick the payment receipt and the assorted welcome mails from the trash basket.

I know, I know – I could simply check the spam folder every evening just to be on the safe side. But if I am to go through pages and pages of spam every day to see if Gmail just decided to kill an important, legit message… what’s the use of a spam filter?

Or we could go back to the old local practice: I just called to tell you I sent you an email.

This is ridiculous.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

3 thoughts on “Gmail is the devil

  1. I usually add filters forcing Gmail to avoid some addresses being marked as spam, and it usually works (for addresses I know in advance, or for someone who happen to be considered as spam). It’s been working enough for me, until now.


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