AOL seems to make reporting email as spam way way too easy.
Over the past couple months, I've been seeing way too many legitimate email being reported as junk.

It is likely an accident on the part of the AOL user, but AOL counts those mistakes. Here are just a couple of examples:
From: Sage Info - Seven Sages [mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 9:10 AM
To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: photos from friends?

If any of your friends have digital photos of you that we could use, have them email them to me.

Any extra stuff that might be of help, have them send. If it’s a mountain of stuff, I’ll sort thru to try to find the best.
I’m hoping to have a preview for you by Monday morning.
I’ll update you with progress reports.

Brian

Note that the recipients (actual address removed for privacy) were expecting this email. They must've accidentally marked it as spam, instead of deleting.

From: ---address removed for privacy---
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2007 8:13 PM
To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: Invoice
Hi -----,
Here is the invoice from the summer of last year from them. This will
just give you a rough idea of what they did in a month....but to be honest,
since you'll be there mowing anyway, you can probably do a better job of
staying up on things.

They are basically looking for complete landscape maintenance for the property with occasional planting and/or
reseeding as necessary.

You can e-mail me a bid to this e-mail address.
Thanks,
S------
Again, an expected email, but somehow it was reported as spam.

Here are a few emails that perhaps the recipient just didn't want. But instead of asking the sender to stop sending the info, they report is as spam. A simple reply to ask the sender to not send again would be fine, as these were friendly mailings (like those stupid jokes you get) or group notices.

From: S-----
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 4:57 PM
To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: Tuesday

On Tuesday, two students from -------- will be at our school. During the lunch waves they will be passing out info on binge drinking & using the fatal vision goggles. Please help them out with this. Let me know which lunch wave you are available.

Also Friday, we will be having a meeting.

S--------

So, an email about a meeting is spam?

From: M-------
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:36 AM
To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: How to make the read more button available to registered users

Hello all, I'm going to start sending little snippets of instructions for future use.
Here's the first one:

This will hide the balance of an article or a portion
from view unless you are a registered user.

{mosregread }information you want hidden { /mosregread }

Joomla uses something called bots. Many times these bots look like the above.

It is similar to HTML code in that it has a start and a finish.
Instead of using '< >' you use curly brackets '{}'
As the example above illustrates, begin the hidden area
with {mosregread} insert hidden text and close
with {/mosregread}
In HTML the / means you are closing the string.

So if you want the intro text to show and the 'read more' section hidden,
add {mosregread} at the beginning of the second "main text" editor
box and close it at the end of the same box with {/mosregread}

The above example might be considered spam for someone who doesn't care about these tips. But a simple email to the sender would remove them from the list. It's not a spammer, it's their webmaster giving them tips. There is a person on the other end of that email. Let them know you don't want contact.

And of course, who doesn't get one of these? The endlessly forward joke or 'important info':
From: W------------
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 11:04 AM
To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: RE: Gathering of Eagles

For sure, you’d not be seeing this done in ANY city in the northeast or on our nation’s “left coast.”


-----Original Message-----
From: u----------
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2007 5:27 PM
To: --------------long list of names---------
Subject: FW: Gathering of Eagles

VFW's 2006 "Teacher of the Year"...a must read and I'm sure you will enjoy...Semper Fi...Trev.

-------------- Forwarded Message: --------------
From: G----------------
To: u-----------------------
Subject: Gathering of Eagles
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 20:06:06 +0000
Gathering of Eagles

VFW’s 2006 “Teacher of the Year”
Posted: 19 Apr 2007 08:59 AM CDT
Via email, April 2007:
Back in September of 2005,

If you don't want to get this type of email, let that person know. Train them to not just put everyone in their address book onto the To: line.
You stand a better chance of stopping these forwards by telling the senders, than by reporting it as spam. First, it's not Spam. It might be junk, but it's not spam. Second, you will continue to get junk from that sender until you actually tell them to stop. Otherwise, they THINK you LIKE their 'junk'.


Now, were those emails spam? Some might be junk, but did the AOL user bother doing the right thing to simply ask to be taken off a list? No.
What about the ones that were obviously not junk? How does that happen?
And AOL counts that report against the sender, and the sender's server.

Where is the problem? Well, one could argue that it's the mindset of the dumbed-down AOL user, but I point the blame squarely on AOL. First, AOL has given it's 'children' a power tool. Then, it has made it easy for the children to accidentally use the tool, regardless of the damage it might cause.

To AOL: Take the scissors out of the kiddies hands. They are poking their eyes out, and then running around blind cutting the rest of us.