impact of Gmail's "promotions" tab on free software communities

Florian Snow floriansnow at
Thu Feb 1 06:26:41 UTC 2018

Hi Daniel,

Daniel Pocock <daniel at> writes:
> There are several cases where people told me this particularly bad
> behaviour, together with some specific example of how it impacted
> them, was enough to make them give up on hotmail but in each case they
> had migrated to gmail.

The reason might be that people want a nice webmailer and while Google
does filter the mail if they think it is a promotion (and some of our
mails are of a promotional nature), they do not harrass people like
Microsoft/Hotmail do.  Google will usually accept email from personal
mail servers and if they don't, they give you a clear reason.  So at
least from that perspective, their behavior is fine.

Happy hacking!

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