'Low' and 'high' spam score thresholds?

David Vosburgh vosburgh at DALSEMI.COM
Thu Oct 16 13:56:22 IST 2003

Low spam threshold = 4 (tag, striphtml,deliver)
High score threshold = 6 (quarantine)

We ran with higher thresholds in a test environment for about a month
where we were forwarding all suspected spam to two mailboxes for manual
review.  As Joshua noted, we had about a half dozen newsletters that
were scoring in the 4-5 range that we had to whitelist too.

On another note, we recently upgraded to SA 2.60 and we are catching
about 15% more spam and the number of tagged spam sent to users has been
cut in half.  The proverbial free lunch does exist.


Peter Bates wrote:

>Hello all...
>Just a quick straw poll.
>We get on average 15-16K messages a day, of which, in general, 40% is
>now categorised by various means as 'rubbish' (senders on RBLs,
>SpamAssassin tests, etc.) ...
>At the moment I have the 'low' spam score at 8, and 'high' at 20,
>making the distinction between '{SPAM?}' and '{SPAM}' in Subject: header
>I'm considering dropping the 'low' score due to the increasing number
>of things hovering around a score of 6 or so, and now '20' (at which I
>also do 'striphtml' as a mandatory action) seems a little high...
>What in general are other people using?
>Peter Bates, Systems Support Officer, Network Support Team.
>London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
>Telephone:0207-958 8353 / Fax: 0207- 636 9838

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