[Spambayes] Latest spammer trick stymied - QUESTION

Neale Pickett neale at woozle.org
Mon Mar 31 17:57:24 EST 2003

Tim Peters <tim.one at comcast.net> writes:

> The scheme got simpler over time, as testing showed no significant
> difference in results as more gimmicks got thrown out.

Hi gang.  I'm not supposed to be working on this project anymore but I
just can't help following up to this one.  I see Tim answering a lot of
"I've got a cool tokenizing idea" questions.  So many, in fact, that I
think there ought to be a FAQ on the web page somehwere, to the tune of:

Q: Hey!  Why don't you implement cool tokenizer trick X?  I think it
   would really foil those spammers!

A: Have you run your tokenizer trick against a set of messages to see if
   it actually works?  Many times what seems like a good idea turns out
   not to help much, and sometimes even hurts.  If you have a good idea,
   you've run it against a batch of messages and can prove that it
   helps, paste the code for your technique and the proof to the mailing
   list.  Otherwise, you will likely get a message from Tim Peters about
   why you need to test your idea :)

Just an idea.


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