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Re: It Happened Again

John McHarry (
Fri, 22 Apr 2005 01:55:10 GMT

On Thu, 21 Apr 2005 00:26:51 -0400, TELECOM Digest Editor wrote:

> Again, today, Wednesday, late evening, spam rolled in so heavily here
> at massis, about 6 or 8 messages got lost in the shuffle...

Pat, you might want to try something like Spamassassin. It isn't perfect,
but nothing is that doesn't find too many false positives. It has Baysian
classifiers you might find useful (you can feed it gobs of spam and good
mail, and it will do a good job of learning the differences), but I don't
get enough spam through all the filters to have tried them. At least they
should get rid of the Nigerian widows, unless they are also telecom
freaks. There are other good tools as well, like Razor. Until you trust
the tools, you can have them sort the flagged spam into a separate folder
for manual examination.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: (which includes massis and
others) has Spam Assassin installed; as a user I have an .rc file
for local diddling as desired. I do get a separate folder full of
spam daily, and I have the score level on Spam Assassin set quite low
which no doubt catches much of the spam , but the 'regular' mail box
(allegedly the non-spam stuff) is now also mostly spam to the extent
of about 85 percent of it, two or three hundred items of mail in the
regular box each day which I _must_ manually sort in order to keep the
genuinely good stuff. PAT]

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