[Spambayes] Funny behavior of Outlook plugin

Kenny Pitt kennypitt at hotmail.com
Fri Feb 6 12:49:01 EST 2004

SpamBayes only trains on received messages, and it has a check to
prevent you from training on a message that you sent yourself. This is
the check that caused the "No filterable items" popup, but the warning
would certainly be more helpful if it could be a little more detailed
about why the message was not "filterable". I'll look into whether or
not we can do that, and we should be able to at least include some
possible reasons why it would occur even if we don't know the exact one.
As far as the need to "Recover" it, I doubt that SpamBayes trained on it
at all, so there shouldn't be any mis-training issues caused by the fact
that you can't train it manually.
Kenny Pitt


From: spambayes-bounces at python.org [mailto:spambayes-bounces at python.org]
On Behalf Of Coe, Bob
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2004 8:23 AM
To: spambayes at Python.org
Subject: [Spambayes] Funny behavior of Outlook plugin

R. K. Coe


I don't know whether this is a bug or a feature; but it was a bit
unexpected, so I thought I'd pass it along.

I use the Outlook plugin (0.85) with Office 2000 under Windows XP Pro.
Last night I received a real message that got misclassified as spam. I
unthinkingly answered it before moving it back to my inbox, so my answer
went into the spam folder. (Outlook does that if you answer a message in
a folder other than your inbox.) So I selected it and clicked the
"Recover" button, whereupon I got the "No filterable mail items are
selected" popup, and the message didn't move. I was able to move it
without using Spambayes, and the Recover button did, of course, work on
the original message.

My guess is that this behavior is a side effect of an implicit decision
not to assign any training value to a message that hasn't been scanned.
That's not illogical, but I don't think that particular error message
(whose ubiquity belies its lack of information content) quite conveys
the reasoning.

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