[Spambayes] Curious User

Anthony Baxter anthony at interlink.com.au
Thu Feb 12 08:53:59 EST 2004

Anthony Lorenz wrote:
> That I am. Also the unwashed and unknowing. But please allow a question 
> from a non IT type.
> When spam bayes does its scoring thing, I am assuming it is “opening” 
> the unread email to score it and then [using outlook] tagging it as 
> unread before placing it in the junk mail folder, from which I delete it.
> Here’s my question.
> When it scores the email to filter it, does opening it send a hidden 
> “receipt” to the spammer telling him or her that the email address is good?
> The reason I ask is that spam bayes is almost 100% accurate, but my spam 
> has doubled since I started using it.
> Before, I would use outlook filters or just delete from the inbox 
> without opening because I am smart enough to recognize a spam email 
> without opening it. back then I got 13 a day average [I kept track].
> Now, I have an average of 30 a day, of which spam bayes catches them all.

I'm not entirely sure about the Outlook innards, but I'd be suprised if 
this was happening. FWIW, my spam has gone through the roof in the last 
few weeks - a bad day is well in excess of 500 spams. :-(

Anthony Baxter     <anthony at interlink.com.au>
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

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