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We run the OpenBSD spamd service to prevent or delay message delivery from suspect servers. In addition, systems which attempt to send messages to nonexistent accounts or defunct physics hostnames are temporarily blacklisted.
You can view a list of messages which were blocked or greylisted (delayed) on your MyPhys page. Delayed messages should normally arrive within about a half hour (although to some extent this will depend on the sending mail system), and once a message has been delivered, future messages from that source will have no delay.
We also run the SpamAssassin filter on all incoming messages to our mail system. SpamAssassin simply assigns each message a “score”, based on the content.
You can change settings within your account to take further action based on the spamassassin score, such as move messages to a different folder, or even delete them completely.
These settings are made within the Physics webmail system. As an example, let's say you want to filter those messages with scores with 6 or higher, so they are placed into a separate folder instead of your INBOX.
(that is, 6 stars)
You can see the set of rules which triggered a spam tag for a particular message in the header “X-Spam-Status”, and the list of SpamAssassin's default scores can be found here: Spamassassin default scores