SpamAssassin score below 7?

Peter Nitschke email at
Sat May 3 05:36:04 IST 2003

I have this:

Required SpamAssassin Score = 4
High SpamAssassin Score = 7

I archive and forward "Required" to spam@ mailbox.
I delete and forward "High" to deleted@ mailbox.
So nothing with 4 or higher gets to the client.
I also redirect any undetected spam to the spam@ mailbox.

I check both of these then run a spam-learn script on the spam@ mailbox.

I am about 100% happy with it, though a few of the single line type spams
that refer to a smut website still get through.

I also try to block the high volume spams at the mail server level to
reduce the traffic and load impact on the server.

Yesterday was typical, I got about 2800 real mails, about 3000 spam of
which about 2400 were blocked by Sendmail.   I get no complaints.

Now that SpamAssassin 2.53 is working so well, I am thinking of slowly
deleting my whitelist and just letting MS/SA handle it all.

I am a VERY happy camper now, apart from the hours I spend verifying the
effectiveness of the system though I could probably just about leave it on
it's own now.


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On 2/05/2003 at 2:16 PM ISP List wrote:

>Anyone doing a SpamAssassin score threshold below 7?  Have any problems
>with false positives?
>Mike Bacher / mike at
>Use OptiGold ISP? Check out OptiSkin!

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