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I am trying to post the following question on Web Applications SE but I keep getting the error "this looks like spam".
Therefore, I tried to create a Web Applications SE Meta question about this but got the notification that I need to have 5 reputation points to post on the meta there → currently I have just 1 reputation point there.

I might need to notify that I use this network since 2012 and my question is definitely not spam.

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My question

How to solve this problem?


The question I am trying to post:

How to know an email service is reliable?

I use Gmail and I contemplate moving to another email service provider because of some Gmail policies I don't like, such as:

  • The automatic addition of interacted email addresses to "contacts"
  • Not being able to totally block email addresses by a badlist ("blacklist") without them going to a SPAM folder and without the need to set a filter to automatically delete SPAM folder emails if they do go there
  • Non minimal approach by containing "starred" or "all mail" and even "social" and "chat".
  • I had a case where I created a label (which I grasped as Directory) and when I deleted all mail it was deleted although I was sure it won't get deleted; I was sure this would be an exception even to "all mail" label ("folder")
  • Automatic synchronization (or easily mistaking to synchronize) Android-operated smartphone contacts with Gmail or Google contacts

Before using Gmail

I actually used an email service that was wonderful for me about seven years ago → mail.com (which with the company running it or anyone of their behalf I am not associated in any way besides using their service in the past) but I stopped using mail.com and moved to Gmail because:

When I used their mail.com, a bot of the university I took some courses at at the time, recognized emails I sent from mail.com as spam and all went to SPAM folder of the recipients and the university website programmers wanted to not do anything about that and their replies were rude and deterministic so I though it would be nice to avoid similar situations by using Gmail.

After using Gmail

About seven years passed since I finished my studies in the aforementioned institute and many changes happened in my mind and my life and I adopted a minimalist approach in regards to web applications and by that reduced the amount of applications I used in about 75% and I don't recognize why any similar problem should occur in the future and eager to leave Gmail and perhaps create a new account at mail.com

My problems

  • I don't know what was changed with mail.com and if they are still the same

  • I don't know how to choose an email client that will be generally reliable or shall I be irreverent and say "totally reliable" in the sense that it won't be grasped by receiving email servers as spammy such as in the case described above

My question

How to know an email service is reliable?

  • Can you post a screenshot of the error you're getting when you try to post it? – Rand al'Thor Jan 8 at 9:36
  • My bet is on that link to mail.com as that site I end-up on looks dodgy. – rene Jan 8 at 9:37
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    @rene I tried to remove the link --- it didn't help, sadly – JohnDoea Jan 8 at 9:38
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    On another note: Are you sure that question is on topic? While carefully worded it still feels like Web application recommendation requests and those are off-topic per their help center. – rene Jan 8 at 9:40
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    Remove the mail.com posted as plain text either. – Shadow The Burning Wizard Jan 8 at 9:42
  • @rene I had no intention to ask there for a recommendation; my only intention is to ask there how to know of an email client would generally be considered spammy or not --- what standards should it have? – JohnDoea Jan 8 at 9:43
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    You mention the exact same domain 6 times, of which one is a hyperlink. I get why that would trigger a spam filter. Probably removing all but one mention of said domain would make you able to post the question. – Luuklag Jan 8 at 9:52
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    I think this needs a dev that runs that content through the spam regex. – rene Jan 8 at 9:53
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    Even then, the question would be pretty much too broad. There are a million and one reasons a mail service could be considered spammy, and it all depends on the recipient. – Cerbrus Jan 8 at 10:00
  • Very long questions are known to trigger it, and the existing dupes here are for that case, but your question doesn't seem very long, so none of those apply. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Jan 8 at 10:25
  • I'm pretty sure question length isn't that significant a trigger, if at all, @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog. Keywords are much more important. – Cerbrus Jan 8 at 11:06
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    To the SE spam filter your question is akin to asking Samson where is your weakness.. no wonder it wasn't allowed ! – Graviton Jan 8 at 12:22
  • @Graviton you are welcome to elaborate the "metaphor". – JohnDoea Jan 8 at 19:13

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