[Spambayes] Latest spammer trick stymied - QUESTION
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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