[Mailman-Developers] Re: Anti-spam "killer app"?

David Champion dgc@uchicago.edu
Thu, 22 Aug 2002 12:03:02 -0500

* On 2002.08.22, in <20020822165303.GU2400@dust.uchicago.edu>,
*	"David Champion" <dgc@uchicago.edu> wrote:
> >                         How would this be implemented for standard
> > mail clients? Would you forward each good and bad message to special
> > addresses? It would seem this would take more time than simply
> > deleting the spam.
> For the generic mail client, yes; that's what I was thinking of
> providing to my site. For specific cases, I can set up macros for UNIX

I hope to have this, provided that it can be reasonably secured
against poisoning, but actually I forgot to mention what I'll favor
in practice. Since we're trying to pressure our users to use IMAP, we
can promote this by declaring a couple of special IMAP folders.

        When you receive spam that was not automatically detected and
        filtered, save it to your "SPAM" folder. When you receive a
        message that was flagged as spam, but which is not, save it to
        your "NOTSPAM" folder. The system will periodically add these to
        your personal indices, and it will make smarter decisions from
        then on.

Cron job.

One of the things I most like about this approach is that it gives the
end-user a stronger sense of empowerment. Instead of "the crappy spam
software they use here isn't smart enough to catch mine" and/or "they're
always out of date on the rule sets, the lazy bums", it's "not happy
with your results? You can change that! You can teach the system to work
better for you."

When I know that I can prevent bad things from happening again, I'm much
happier -- or at least less dissatisfied -- than when I know I'm just
stuck with it sometimes.

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