[Spambayes] full o' spaces

Charles Cazabon python-spambayes at discworld.dyndns.org
Fri Mar 7 14:02:47 EST 2003

Neil Schemenauer <nas at python.ca> wrote:

> > This strategy, which has been employed by the spambayes team up to this
> > point, is very useful for research, but is quite reactive.  We're exiting
> > the research phase of this project, and entering a product phase.
> > Reactive strategy is not appropriate for products (e.g. Microsoft
> > security).
> I disagree.  We should not abandon the rigorous, testing based strategy that
> got SB to its current state.  Adding more code every time a spammer comes up
> with a new trick is completely reactionary and will eventually destroy the
> code base.  I'm mystified as to how you can call such an approach proactive.

Hear, hear.  Don't turn SpamBayes into a convoluted, hocus-pocus collection of
ad-hoc rules a la SpamAssasin.  Keep testing; if a technique doesn't
measurably improve the result, toss it.

Charles Cazabon                 <python-spambayes at discworld.dyndns.org>
GPL'ed software available at:     http://www.qcc.ca/~charlesc/software/

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