As advised, I run SpamSieve on my home iMac desktop and not on my MacBookPro. Assuming the iMac stays up and online, all spam is caught and filed there and none comes to my portable.
Recently (noticed after Mojave 10.14.3 update) I have been “losing” messages on my laptop, and iOS devices–seeing a message appear on my phone, then “poof” nowhere to be found. After a few tests and many missed messages I noticed a Spam mailbox way down at the bottom of the mailbox list on the laptop, filled with hundreds of messages.
In the Mail Rules pane I saw that the two SpamSieve rules I use only on my desktop had been enabled.
Does Apple Mail try to sync mail rules across devices? I did not enable the rules on the laptop–in fact I did not think they were even there since I stoped running SpamSieve there many years ago.
Am I crazy or were the rules auto-enabled somehow?