[linux-elitists] (tmda) Re: Constraining Bogus challenges.

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Sun Feb 22 18:26:30 PST 2004

begin Don Marti quotation of Tue, Sep 23, 2003 at 12:22:33PM -0700:

> Selecting a message and hitting the "junk" button in the MUA is
> not highly technical.

I am going to make a guess that Larry's observation
of poor performance in Bayesian spam filters is
because most users have email finger habits that
don't include filter training, and Bayesian filter
fans are enthusiastic filter trainers.

I'm considering setting things up so that no key is
bound to the delete command in the mailer by default.
Instead of deleting, a user would have to save mail
to a "spam" mailbox or a "recycle" mailbox.

A cron job or a wrapper script around the mailer would
look at both, and anything in "spam" that wasn't
tagged as such by the filtering system would get
trained on as spam and deleted.  Anything in "recycle"
would get trained on as non-spam, then deleted.

You could use the same spam mailbox for this as the
mailbox where the filter put caught spam -- you'd
know which ones the user put there because the filter
would have tagged them as legit.

Similar to Nick's approach here:

but makes you pick a box instead of letting you get by
without training, and doesn't make you learn new keys.

Don Marti
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