[Spambayes] Why does the program put SPAM-ALERT on the subject linefor emails not detected as spam.

Tony Meyer tameyer at ihug.co.nz
Fri Jan 28 00:09:22 CET 2005

> Why does the program put SPAM-ALERT on the subject line
> for emails not detected as spam.

It looks like you are using Microsoft Outlook (and therefore presumably the
SpamBayes Outlook plug-in).  If that is the case, then SpamBayes does not
put anything at all in the subject line.

If you are not using the plug-in, and using sb_server, then if (and only if)
you enable the "Notate subject" option, then SpamBayes will add "spam," to
the subject of messages that it thinks are spam.  Unless you manually edited
your configuration file and are using 1.0.1, SpamBayes will not (and can
not) add "SPAM-ALERT" to the subject.

If you did do all that, then the question is really "why does SpamBayes
think this mail is spam".  FAQ 4.7 addresses that question (in reverse, but
it's the same thing, really):


However, the (overwhelmingly) most obvious answer to the question is that
SpamBayes is not the one that is doing this.  It is most likely that someone
upstream (your ISP, your organisation, etc) is doing some sort of filtering
and adding the subject tag.  If they are making mistakes, then you'll have
to talk to them about that!


Please always include the list (spambayes at python.org) in your replies
(reply-all), and please don't send me personal mail about SpamBayes.
http://www.massey.ac.nz/~tameyer/writing/reply_all.html explains this.

More information about the Spambayes mailing list