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Gmail will sometimes mark some emails as:

Important according to our magic sauce.

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How does this work? What kind of emails would get marked as "important according to our magic sauce"?

What may be some of the factors that are at play?


• Background: Emails that are marked as "important" by Gmail always come with a corresponding reason. Aside from "important according to our magic sauce", there are:

        •Important mainly because of the words in the message.
        •Important mainly because of the words in the message.
        •Important mainly because of the people in the conversation.
        •Important mainly because of the words in the message.
        •Important mainly because of your interaction with messages in the conversation.
        •Important mainly because of the words in the message.
        •Important because you marked it important.
        •Important mainly because of the words in the message.
        •Important mainly because it was sent directly to you.
        •Important mainly because of the words in the message.
        •Important mainly because you often read messages with this label.

email.about.com has some vague piece of information:

    Important according to our magic sauce. — You may see this for older messages marked as important.

• Search links:
    • Gmail important according to our magic OR secret "sauce" (Google)
    • Sauce (Gmail support)
    • Important (Gmail support)


Updated Dec 2019 - It now says, 'Important according to Google magic'.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is inviting a discussion of speculation and conjecture. – ale Jan 17 '16 at 13:41
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It's just cute marketing-speak. Google's algorithms have determined that the message might be important based on whatever secret stuff the algorithm contains. It's either too close to industrial secrets or so esoteric it can't be briefly explained.

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  • I'm aware it's marketing-speak... I mean what exactly might those stuff be. (will edit to make this point clear) – Pacerier Jan 16 '16 at 23:43
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    All we could possibly do is guess. Only Google knows, and they're not telling. – ale Jan 16 '16 at 23:55
  • Yea, Google won't say that's for sure. The only way for an answer is through the crowd e.g. someone with an educated guess and some controlled tests. – Pacerier Jan 17 '16 at 0:45
  • That, I'm afraid, is not what this site is for. – ale Jan 17 '16 at 1:29
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    Yes, for answers that are verifiably and objectively correct. Batting around a bunch of guesses to see what makes senses really isn't what these sites are for. – ale Jan 17 '16 at 13:41

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