[Spambayes] RE: I think that I have found a bug in SpamBayes

Coe, Bob rcoe at CambridgeMA.GOV
Sat Sep 13 14:04:04 EDT 2003

I proposed this before, but I don't think anyone picked up on it.....

I'll bet that a large percentage of the Spambayes-on-Outlook user community picks up its mail via Exchange Server. If your inbox is in your Exchange mailbox, then any Outlook rule whose destination is another inbox folder will be executed on the server, before the client ever sees the message. I think this means that such rules will never conflict with Spambayes, which works only on the client.

If anybody thinks this isn't how things work, please say so. Otherwise, I think Exchange users can quit worrying about interference between the two rulesets.


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Peters [mailto:tim.one at comcast.net]
> Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 12:37 PM
> To: pbharrison at compuserve.com
> Cc: Spambayes
> Subject: RE: [Spambayes] I think that I have found a bug in SpamBayes
> [Peter Harrison]
> > I find routinely when I logon in the morning that 80% or so of my
> > mail is not rated by SB: The spam score field is blank.  I 
> just close
> > outlook, then re-open it, and everything gets processed fine.  It
> > seems that now that I have cable modem, either Outlook, SB, or both
> > is too busy to do what I want initially, but once the unread mail is
> > loaded, SB scores it easily.
> The current CVS version of the Outlook addin (and sorry, I don't know
> whether that's been released yet) has an "enable background filtering"
> checkbox on the Advanced tab of the SpamBayes manager.  I 
> checked that, set
> "Processing start delay" to 2 seconds and "Delay between 
> processing items"
> to 0.25 seconds, and now the addin doesn't appear to be 
> missing anything
> when a large number of emails come zooming in (I often get 
> hundreds at a
> time then).  More importantly to me (I didn't really mind 
> shutting down
> Outlook and reopening it before) is that I can again "do 
> something" with
> Outlook while the email is coming in:  before, some Outlook 
> thread or other
> wasn't even getting enough cycles to update the display, and 
> Outlook was
> totally unresponsive until all the new messages had arrived.
> So you should play with this when it's available (which it 
> already may be).
> I think the *real* reason these options were added was to 
> make it much more
> likely that Outlook runs its own rules on new messages before it tells
> SpamBayes about new messages (there was no rhyme or reason to 
> it before, as
> we've got no influence over when Outlook decides to tell spambayes
> anything -- what we can do is control when we *do* something 
> with them).
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