Moderator messages seen as spam
jik at kamens.brookline.ma.us
Fri Apr 23 16:34:45 UTC 2010
If you train and tune bogofilter properly, that should prevent it from
classifying the moderator messages as spam.
The problem is that this will also make bogofilter slightly worse at
recognizing real spam, since it will pollute your ham word list with the
spammy words in the moderator messages.
There are two ways you could potentially improve the situation:
1. Are you using tri-state filtering, i.e., "ham, spam or unsure"
rather than just "ham or spam"? If not, then you should find a way to
switch to that if you can given how you're using bogofilter. My bogofilter
setup is completely home-grown, so this was easy for me to do by creating a
"maybespam" IMAP folder and putting unsure messages into it with procmail,
but it may be more difficult for you to set this up. With tri-state
filtering, moderator messages will almost certainly end up in the "unsure"
folder rather than the spam folder and will thus be easier to find.
2. I've got my bogofilter configuration set up so that email messages
with certain Subject lines bypass bogofilter completely. I bypass
bogofilter for messages that I know are ham but which tend to contain spammy
words in them. If it is possible for you to set this up, then you can
configure bogofilter to ignore moderator messages completely, thus neither
incorrectly sending them to your spam folder nor polluting your ham word
list with spammy words.
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