[Spambayes] Terminology in user documentation: "spam" vs. "junkmail"

Tim@mail.powweb.com Tim@mail.powweb.com
Fri Nov 1 01:33:01 2002


You got it, Mark.  Front ends are where this is really gonna happen, and your point is well taken.  I filter 'FWD:' stuff, even if it's from someone I know, 
because it is invariably unwanted.  In my Spambayes database, FWD: will have a spam weight of as close to 1 as possible...  Can I manually configure that 
weight?  lol

So we've got two examples of unwanted email that has not really been represented in the current training corpus: unwanted individual mails (e.g. "I love you, 
please take me back") and forwards of urban legends, thoughts of the day, funny stories I've heard, and the like.   It'd be interesting to see how the stats fall 
out if we were to (somehow) incorporate this kind of email into the current corpus.

Another thought is that my definition of unwanted may certainly differ from your definition, even as it pertains to spam.  Perhaps you really want to see 
something from quickinspirations.com  (as unbelievable as that might seem to me... ;) Thus, the only really good terminology here is something like 'unwanted 
email'.

- Tim


10/31/2002 7:25:14 PM, "Mark Hammond" <mhammond@skippinet.com.au> wrote:

>> The reality is that the average person that will use this
>> technology doesn't make a distinction between what we call spam
>> and mail from their ex-boyfriend.
>> It's all unwanted crap and they want to filter it.
>
>Agreed.  Most people in my social circle who have heard of spam often think
>it is a general term for "any mail with a large To list".  I've received a
>number of legit mails starting with eg. "Sorry for the spam, but I thought
>this too funny not to send to all of you" (it wasn't <wink>).
>
>At the end of the day though, this is an issue for the front-ends rather
>than the engine.  The outlook addin tends to use "spam or unwanted email"
>and "good email".  "junk email" seems good too.  It wouldn't surprise me to
>find the word "spam" excised eventually.
>
>Front-end issues will probably drive small engine details though - nothing
>beats real experience with a tool <wink>
>
>Mark.
>
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