[Spambayes] Outlook Address Book

Jesse Pelton jsp at PKC.com
Fri Apr 14 17:19:12 CEST 2006

SpamBayes delays processing of incoming messages to allow Outlook rules
to have a chance to run before they're classified.  (This is something
of a hack, as there doesn't seem to be any way to guarantee that
Outlook's rules run before classification, so you can tune the delay
time.)  If you create an Outlook rule that moves messages from the inbox
to a whitelist folder (or some variation on that theme), it should have
the desired effect.

That said, I'd recommend against it unless you have a demonstrated need,
for a couple of reasons.

- It may not be necessary.  The sender is among the data SpamBayes
trains on.  If you consistently train messages from people in your
address book as ham, it will tend to classify future messages
- It may lead to poorer results.  It's not hard to spoof a sender
address (or to create a virus that sends messages from someone in your
whitelist).  If you allow SpamBayes to classify your messages, it will
look at the content as well as the address. If it's well-trained, it
will correctly classify spam even if the address is spoofed.  If you
whitelist certain addresses, you may find spam in your whitelist folder.

-----Original Message-----
From: spambayes-bounces at python.org [mailto:spambayes-bounces at python.org]
On Behalf Of David Kanareck
Sent: Friday, April 14, 2006 7:35 AM
To: spambayes at python.org
Subject: [Spambayes] Outlook Address Book

Hi, am using Spambayes 1.0.4 on Windows 2000 Pro and Outlook 2000
2000-SP3. is there any way to configure Spambayes to allow through any
messages from people in my Outlook address book? I guess this is some
of whitelist.

Kindest regards
David Kanareck

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