Lisp to Python translation criticism?

Paul Rubin phr-n2002b at
Mon Aug 19 18:11:39 EDT 2002

Skip Montanaro <skip at> writes:
> TMDA is an interesting approach, but definitely a different way of tackling
> the problem, and when I tried it, not the most straightforward thing to set
> up.  It also relies on some cooperation from your correspondents.  If they
> are novices, they will quite possibly be confused by TMDA's responses.

Yes, I'd consider the TMDA confirmation process obnoxious even for
non-novice correspondents.

The main thing about filtering is to never automatically delete
messages even if they're marked as spam.  Instead, divert them to a
spam bucket file.  I do this on a variety of addresses and make a
point of looking at the bucket every now and then.  Every once in a
while I find something that shouldn't have been filtered.

I'd like to get around to setting up my filter to automatically mail
me a "daily spam digest" showing the From/Date/Subject headers and the
first line or two of text of spam filtered that day.  Even with 100
spams, it doesn't take more than a minute or so to glance over the
list, and dealing with it all at once is a lot less headache than
being interrupted dozens of times during the day.  At that point I can
make my filters quite a bit more aggressive.  If a legitimate message
gets filtered, it's still almost certain that I'll see it the same
day, just not immediately.

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