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Old 04-13-2017, 04:49 PM
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Default VAF forum emails from (unknown sender)

Whenever I get emails from the VAF forums (for PMs, subscribed threads, etc), Gmail flags them as (unknown sender) and marks them as spam. Google's reason: "It is in violation of Google's recommended email sender guidelines. "

A snippet from an email header of a VAF email gives some clues:

From: "VAF Forums" <>
...and then further down..
Return-Path: <>
Maybe the blank From address or blank return path have something to do with it? I googled "vbulletin messages marked as spam" and found this

It says:
You may want to try to change the webmaster email to an email address from your domain name. You should also try the -f option and if that does not work, you can request that your host check their mail settings/error logs or contact gmail to determine why you are being flagged as spam.
Doug, it would be great if you could fix this.
Into the blue again, after the money's gone

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Old 04-13-2017, 05:45 PM
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Good luck what that. :-)

(Do a forum search on the subject.)

You found the reason, just not a solution.

[ed. Next revision. v/r,dr]

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Old 04-13-2017, 07:00 PM
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Default Is it the SPF listing?

Received-SPF: neutral ( is neither permitted nor denied by best guess record for domain of postmaster@webserver30y) client-ip=;
spf=neutral ( is neither permitted nor denied by best guess record for domain of postmaster@webserver30y) smtp.helo=webserver30y {formatting added}

Shouldn't the sender domain for VAF be listed in the SPF? According to another google post, if the review is "neutral" then gmail sees it as spam. "Sender Policy Framework"

I see Dr's comment now . . .

In the voice of Roseanne Roseannadanna - Never mind.

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Old 06-01-2018, 01:55 PM
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Yeah, that is still killing my email notifications,
any chance the admins will fix it.

Thanks in advance
- Roman.
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:17 AM
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llavalle llavalle is offline
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Any update on this. Since we can't use tapatalk or similar because we need ads (I'm ok with that).. mail notifications are a big thing that's not working now..


Edit : after some digging, this has been discussed more than once... but for some reasons I could only find this post...

So, anyway, I made a filter in gmail to never mark them as spam by looking for the text "VAF Forums" in the body. Here's the link to the explanation :
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