[spambayes-dev] Regarding Whitelisting

Meyer, Tony T.A.Meyer at massey.ac.nz
Wed Sep 3 14:16:40 EDT 2003

[ Too lazy to be tidy and reply to many at once like Mark ;) ]

> I think the simple answer for the Outlook addin is to direct 
> users to do the following:
> * Enable the timer (this will be in the UI in the next version)
> * Create a standard Outlook rule to move "whitelisted" mail 
> to a special folder, possibly a sub-folder of the inbox.
> This will prevent SpamBayes from filtering the mail.

Or even if they have a filtering rule that filters off all
'non-whitelisted' mail (i.e. everything not from certain addresses) into
a 'Other Inbox' folder, and have spambayes filter that one.

> The longer answer for the Outlook addin is for someone to 
> implement it in a reasonable way and provide a patch.

Agreed.  I'm sure no-one would object to a default-to-off whitelisting
addition to the plug-in, if someone was providing all the
implementation/maintenance work...

For clarity, there are two reasons (other than a lack of time) that I
can't see myself doing this:
 1. It's a piece of cake to do this with Outlook (or OE, or any other
client) without building it into spambayes.  (In the same way that it's
simple to get Outlook to auto-delete mail from the spam folder, without
adding that as a spambayes feature).
 2. I think it would end up hurting results.

#1 is really the killer, for me.  Even Aleem said that he managed to do
this.  Where, then, is the problem? <wink>

=Tony Meyer

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