[Spambayes] training

Moore, Paul Paul.Moore at atosorigin.com
Wed Feb 19 09:59:20 EST 2003

From: Meyer, Tony [mailto:T.A.Meyer at massey.ac.nz]
> What about this as a method:

Looks good.

> 3. Incorrect mail is forwarded to spambayes_spam at localhost
> or spambayes_ham at localhost.

I assume you'll make these addresses configurable? For those
of us with enough control over local addresses (like me), forwarding
to just "spam" or "ham" would be preferable...

> The SMTP proxy examines mail to either of those addresses (and
> stops it going further).  It checks for:
> (a) an attached message
> (b) the words "X-Spambayes-ID:" in the body

I assume that you mean either of these - some clients will attach the
original in preference, others will append it as text.

Of course, if you're aiming at the mass market end of things, you need
to look out for mailers that will mash the whole thing into HTML, so
you get the X-Spambayes-ID in HTML in the body. (Are there any mailers
like this? I could easily imagine Outlook Express being this nasty...)

And I once had a reply to a perfectly normal mail (using the Outlook
web client) get sent as base64-encoded UTF-8 because the client had
added a couple of garbage non-ASCII characters at the end, unknown to
me :-(

I'm not saying you should handle all cases of pathological behaviour,
but you could do with being aware of the possibilities, just so the
"it didn't work!" cries don't come as a surprise...

I'm willing to set up a test machine with a variety of Windows mail
systems on, (I can get OE, Pegasus, Agent, Gravity) and try the system
out, but I don't have a lot of time, so I'll only be able to do fairly
minimal tests...

> What do you think?

Sounds nice.


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