How can I test the Spam filter in the Pilot Admin 2.0?

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I thought that it was determined that if an application was submitted with the Foster Youth flag marked as yes, then it would fall into the Spam filter for schools to test this new tool with, but I tried that recently and it didn't go to the spam filter.  Is there another trick we can use for testing purposes?
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Hi Elizabeth,

I have created a ticket for you and will respond there.

Thank you,

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It would be helpful to see the answer here since we are trying to test the Spam filter as well and have not been able to trigger it.
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Hi Cherine,
The summary response I got was that the Spam filter works, it's just not 100% reliable as there is no algorithm behind it.  Basically meaning that we can't select an item in the app to trigger it to go to Spam.  However, what you can do is enter in any confirmation number to bring up an application and select it to be spam or not spam.

I was hoping to do some more rigorous testing in our pilot environment, but if an application didn't hit the spam filter and you mark it as Not Spam, I don't think it's quite a valid test of what the true environment will be when it goes to Production.  I guess we'll just have to see what it's like when it happens "for real".
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Good morning Charine, and Elizabeth.  While some of Elizabeth's response is valid (there is no algorithm behind the Pilot implementation) there is a field that can be marked in Pilot applications that will trigger the application to appear in the SPAM filter.
There is no ability to mirror the production environment for the SPAM filter implementation as the SPAMMERS are fairly diligent in programming for the filters/blocks that have been implemented to date.  One of the reasons that we only partially respond to questions regarding the SPAM filter in this public forum is so that we do not give additional information to those that are creating SPAM applications.  I will share that since the "stop-gap" SPAM measures were implemented this Spring we have successfully reduced the quantity of  SPAM applications that were sent/downloaded by Colleges.