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Tracked threads/mail alerts

If I'm tracking a thread why is it that some days an e-mail will come through within minutes of a new post in the thread and other days it might take 6/8/10 hrs?

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some posts get filtered

and may not appear for hours, or till the next day. Maybe that's when the email alert is issued too.

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I agree.

Filters eat some, moderators clean off spam and false finds by a spam control are later restored (thank you Lee.)

There is also a thing where alerts may be instant to delayed. That has been a mystery to this day.

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