A Moronicity of Guido van Rossum

Delaney, Timothy (Tim) tdelaney at avaya.com
Fri Sep 30 03:12:37 CEST 2005

Tony Meyer wrote:

> I expect that if you look at the clues for such messages, you'll find
> that any 'Xah Lee' clues are swamped by lots of 'c.l.p message'
> clues.  A big problem with filtering mailing lists at the user end
> (rather than before the post is accepted) is that the mailing
> software adds so many strongly-correlated clues.  It's made worse
> because he uses so many words that you'd expect to find in legitimate
> c.l.p messages.

It's this last bit that's the problem. I've got no problems filtering
other types of spam messages to the list, but XL adds so many non-spam
terms that the from field gets declared a statistical anomaly :(

Tim Delaney

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