Tips on Manual Bayes Training?

Neil Robst neilrobst at ALM.ORG.UK
Mon Jan 19 15:49:02 GMT 2004

Hi Nathan,

My users use the Courier IMAP mailserver with Outlook and Outlook 2000.
Both clients are able to make use of shared-folders you can setup in
Courier IMAP. Thus, with this mechanism you can create a shared SPAM
folder for users to manually copy un-marked SPAM into...


On Mon, 2004-01-19 at 15:45, Nathan Johanson wrote:
> Quick question for those of you with well-trained bayes databases.
> I'm planning to set up some spam traps. Question: Is there any advantage
> to learning messages already marked as spam by SpamAssassin?
> Logistically, it makes sense only to feed false negatives and false
> positives.
> For the time being, I'm planning on using MailScanner's "Non Spam
> Actions" ruleset to forward unmarked spam sent to (postmaster@, info@,
> sales@, etc.) to a spamtrap mailbox. I'll verify all messages as false
> negatives and then learn them into the bayes database. This is an
> attempt to offset some of the poisoning that's been affecting us lately.
> This doesn't take ham into account, but then I haven't had a lot of
> problems with false positives.
> Any suggestions or alternative methods?
> I like the idea of end users redirecting spam to the appropriate
> spam/ham mailboxes, but the majority of them are using Outlook or
> Outlook Express and don't have any way to do this.
> Nathan

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