[Spambayes] no filterable mail items selected.

Tony Meyer tameyer at ihug.co.nz
Tue Nov 23 01:21:22 CET 2004

> One particular friend tried to install it and filter
> his pre-sorted emails (SPAM and Good) folders.  It will
> not train on them.  It keeps saying 2 good, 2 spam, when
> there are actually about 50 in the SPAM folder and 25
> in the Inbox (good) folder.

I suspect (the brand new) FAQ 5.6 applies here:


> Being that emails come in 20's and 30's or more at a time,
> its going to take forever to train everything that comes in.

The training that we recommend with the Outlook plug-in is 'mistake based
training'.  This means you should only train on messages that end up in the
unsure/possible folder and any good mail in the junk folder or junk in the
good folders.  See <http://entrian.com/sbwiki/TrainingIdeas> for more

With this method, you should not need to train on very many of the incoming
messages at all.  After even just 5 or so messages of each type, most mail
should be correctly classified.  After a couple of days or so SpamBayes
should be classifying with really high accuracy.


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