[Spambayes] Not filtering suspect messages
tameyer at ihug.co.nz
Thu Jun 10 19:56:21 EDT 2004
> I just loaded SpamBayes, and it worked wonderfully
> for about 30 minutes. I then restarted my computer
> and noticed that it was no longer filtering my suspect
> messages into the suspect folder. I'm still training it
> understand all my filtering needs, so when I saw messages
> appear from senders that I had not received e-mail
> from since installing the tool, I expected them to be
> placed in the suspect folder. However, it appears to
> be leaving them in the Inbox.
I could be wrong, but it sounds like it's working correctly. The message
sender is just one clue of many, so it doesn't matter whether you've
received mail from someone before or not. What matters is how similar the
message is to those you have trained as ham/spam. If you get mail from
someone new that looks a lot like mail that you've trained as ham, then
SpamBayes will correctly identify it as ham.
To check, select a message that you think should have been 'suspect' and do
'SpamBayes->Show spam clues for this message'. This will open up a message
with the score and clues for that message (note that these are with the
current training, not the training when the message arrived). I suspect
that you'll find that the message does score below the 'suspect' threshold
(if not, then please send us a log file that covers a period when this
occurs - the troubleshooting guide explains where to find the logs).
The spam clues message will also list the clues for the message, so you'll
be able to get a rough idea of what made SpamBayes score it the way it did.
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