[Spambayes] Standards for Filtering

Yakov Shafranovich research at solidmatrix.com
Tue Feb 3 09:09:20 EST 2004

Bill Yerazunis wrote:

>    From: Yakov Shafranovich <research at solidmatrix.com>
>    Daniel Quinlan of SpamAssassin suggested that I should contact you. I
>    co-chair the Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) of the IRTF [asrg.sp.am]
>    together with John Levine. The ASRG does pre-standards work and research
>    for the IETF. We have been thinking about different ways that standards
>    can help the filtering community and what we currently have on the table
>    is standard headers and dynamic filtering updates (like anti-virus
>    programs do). We also have a subgroup for filtering work which is
>    currently being formed (see http://asrg.sp.am/subgroups/filtering.shtml).
>    What I am wondering, is whether the filtering community can benefit from
>    standards and if filtering folks are willing to discuss such standards,
>    and cooperate with each other.
> Yes, and yes.  :)
> There is already a RFC submitted to specify inoculations (that is, sharing
> of new spams that got through a user's filter and were subsequently
> judged spam by a human.  The recipients MTA automatically recognizes
> these inoculations and trains them as spam, so the overall filtering
> quality of the mesh goes up linearly with the number of participants.
> Well, that's the theory.  :) )
> There's also some hope of standardizing on an "I am spam" header.

Is there anyone who is willing to participate in a mailing list on 
filtering standards?

Yakov Shafranovich / asrg <at> shaftek.org
SolidMatrix Technologies, Inc. / research <at> solidmatrix.com
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