On 7 June Yahoo changed their main Spam IMAP Folder from ‘Bulk Mail’ to ‘Bulk’. Our consumer panel harvesters collect email via IMAP and we were unable to retrieve any spam from 7 June - 11 July. This caused an over reporting of Inbox rate within Inbox Tracker and Competitive Tracker.
Reported by client that detected anomaly in custom report output for the month of June.
We updated our IMAP folder mappings to allow Spam content from the “Bulk” folder for all Yahoo ISPs.
Harvest limits were then extended to query all Yahoo Consumer Panel accounts. Retrieving uncollected Spam results. Spam messages are only kept for 30d in the Yahoo IMAP system so some days were not recoverable. (Note: Because of duplicate message guard-rails that are in place this action had to be completed in less than 48 hours to ensure we did not process anything twice.)
Lack of IMAP harvest monitoring on specific IMAP folders caused the outage to be much longer than would normally be expected.
All customers reviewing Yahoo data between 7 June - 11 July would have been affected with higher inbox rates for all sending domains during that time.
We are now working to actively monitor all Intelliseed ISPs for IMAP folder changes and alert the team when new IMAP folders are detected or mapped Inbox/Spam folders do not receive mail.