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This is an odd, but highly entertaining book, that shows why good magicians can fool us into thinking that things have happened that really didn't happen. It goes to show why you really shouldn't believe what you think you have seen because the brain is very good at filling in things that it thinks should be there. The book is written by two neuroscientists who take what could be a very dry topic but sprinkle it liberally with witty anecdotes and interviews that makes this a very lively read. It certainly shows you that your brain is not always your friend, and that you certainly can't trust the evidence of your own eyes. It even has science
I think I have noticed something peculiar in the way that Yahoo Mail does its conversation feature. I would post this question to a Yahoo forum, or even to their customer service (do they have that?), but I remember the last time I sis that for an issue, I got some yahoo [pun intended] give me useless advice, so I have decided to post the question here, where intelligent folks lounge around [2nd pun intended too].
Some background as to why this is important. I am getting something shipped intercontinental (Europe - North America), and am using a website named freightnet.com to post the transport I need, and eager vendors contact me and try to win my business. Unfortunately there are a few scammers that lurk there ; they have horrible reviews that state that they just take the money and do nothing AND the picture of the building for their HQ office is some residence in a typically swanky neighborhood (obviously due to the scam income).
Anyway, the way it must work is that this website blasts out E-mails to everyone that is signed up to listen, and the vendors that are interested simply reply to that E-mail (or simply send a new E-mail to me) with my E-mail as a CC and add their introduction from which a back & forth exchange can commence. If just the reply is done, then the subject of the E-mail received by me is of the form "RE:" OR "FW:" & "Freightnet Rate Request ID: ######". I'm thinking that the "FW:" gets used if the initial recipient of that E-mail blast forwards it to someone first, who then responds to me, so just having it have "FW:" could be perfectly normal.
For the latest go-round, I have 2 vendors that have done this reply, and when Yahoo mail is not in conversation mode, it does not seem that they are linked as one doing a CC of me to the other, and that one replying to me. However, in conversation mode, these 2 vendors are linked, and of course the reason it matters is that one of them seems to be a scam, whereas the other one does not. Obviously if they were linked in some way, I would consider both of them to be scams, but I would rather not do that as the non-scam one seems to be giving me a good price, which unfortunately is something that a scammer would do! (Of course, I will continue to do due diligence with that one that is currently considered to be non-scam.)
So, getting to the question at hand, I am wondering if Yahoo Mail simply looks at the subject line and if they match and with a "RE:" or "FW:" in front, and presumes that it is the same conversation, or do they do more diligence and have a way to tie messages together? Is there way of looking at the full header data to see if these 2 messages are really linked? I was able to lookup the country of the IP address of the sender for the non-scam vendor and it checks out as being from that country.