[Python-Dev] mail.python.org black listed ?!
firstname.lastname@example.org (Skip Montanaro)
Mon, 23 Jul 2001 17:11:22 -0500
BAW> - The filter marks the message with a % confidence of being spam
BAW> (e.g. X-Spam: 75%)
BAW> - Each Mailman recipient could specify the threshhold above which
BAW> they do not want to receive the message (e.g. don't sent me
BAW> anything that's spam with a more than 70% confidence level).
BAW> This only works for regular delivery.
On thing to consider is that many mail filters probably only have crude
numeric comparison capability. In procmail I have to filter using regular
expressions. (Most of) my mail comes through pobox.com who modifies the
subject header to stuff like
Subject: [spam score 9.00/10.0 -pobox] remove me
While I'm sure I could create a regular expression that would allow me to
classify pobox.com's spam score numerically (or call out to a Python script
to do it for me), I'm lazy enough that I simply lump everything that has a
pobox.com spam subject (I think 5.0/10.0 is their minimum criterion for
subject mangling) that I just toss everything with spam.*-pobox in the
Subject into the spam-hole. I assume other mail software systems' filtering
capabilities are similarly limited.
I would therefore suggest that the X-Spam header be simply a three-digit
number in the range 000 to 100. (No percent sign, always with any necessary
leading zeroes.) It might even be better to create an X-Spam-Value header
in one-bit arithmetic, e.g. make a slightly smaller range (say 0 to 50) and
include a header like:
to indicate a 70% likelihood (35 "s"s). You could then match it with
in procmail to spam-categorize anything with a probability of spamhood >=
50%. You could include a readable X-Spam header like:
X-Spam: rated 75% probability of being spam by "Spam Pie v. 0.1"