Delays in caught spam?

Does anybody else have this problem?

Day 1: I log into and see bunch of spam messages caught by Spam Assassin. Good!
Day 2: About two or three new spam messages. That’s odd, I normally get about 50 a day.
Day 3: No new trapped spam messages. WTF?
Day 4: After logging into, the main index page doesn’t display. The page just keeps loading forever. Regular IMAP and webmail through my domain name works fine ( - some messages that arrive are delayed by up to three hours at dreamhost - there’s a time gap in the header Received lines to prove it.
Day 5: Back to normal. I can log in again. Got 175 new spam messages, a couple of false positives, but otherwise good. Trash 'em.

Repeat Day 1, etc. The times between events are approximate. I think it’s on a cycle of a little less than a week.

This has gone on three times now. It’s almost as though the server has a hard time keeping up with all the spam and gets bogged down until someone from DH ‘fixes’ it and a flood of blacklogged spam messages are released.

Anyone else experiencing delays like this?

This has been similar to my experience since I turned SpamAssassin on, though I think I’ve been spared the page-loading-forever page. It finds 150 or so spams; after I delete them it finds new ones as they come in for several hours; then nothing for days. It’s frustrating, because it’s doing a hell of a job catching the bad stuff and letting the good stuff through, but, when it takes days to show me what it’s caught, the rare false positive becomes something of a problem.

Yes, it’s now in the fourth day for me not being able to see what is in the spam trap. That means that any false positives are in there too, and I can’t see them!

Sample header below with email address obscured.

Why did it take over three days?

Sat, 18 Dec 2004 06:08:23 -0800 (PST)
Tue, 21 Dec 2004 10:30:17 -0800 (PST)

to go from:

Received: from ( [])
by (Postfix) with ESMTP id 323D713DA7F
for; Tue, 21 Dec 2004 10:30:17 -0800 (PST)
Received: from localhost ( [])
by (Postfix) with ESMTP id 21D0F17D055
for; Tue, 21 Dec 2004 10:30:17 -0800 (PST)
Received: from ( [])
by (Postfix) with SMTP id 832E617D045
for; Sat, 18 Dec 2004 06:08:23 -0800 (PST)
Received: from [] by via HTTP; Sat, 18 Dec 2004 08:11:57 -0600
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 08:11:57 -0600
From: “Forest Mckee”
Subject: [SPAM] Re:
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="0-3241035745-3664772511=:92132"
X-Spam-Status: Yes, hits=5.4 tag1=-999.0 tag2=3.4 kill=3.4 tests=HTML_40_50,
X-Spam-Level: *****

Message back from support says:

“The mail is actually stuck on enforcer the whole time…the script that’s taking quarantined messages and sucking them up into a database sometimes gets stuck, especially on some of the odder-formatted spams. I’m working on the script right now and have a stopgap solution that makes sure it’s not stuck every few hours. Sorry about the problem!”