High Positive SA AWL rule ?

Drew Marshall drew at THEMARSHALLS.CO.UK
Thu Sep 29 07:22:54 IST 2005

On 28 Sep 2005, at 21:08, Matt Kettler wrote:

> Mailscanner wrote:
>> Has anyone noticed SA run AWL giving high positive scores like;
>> Spam Report:
>> Score     Matching Rule     Description 7.42     AWL     From:  
>> address is in the
>> auto white-list
>> -2.60     BAYES_00     Bayesian spam probability is 0 to 1%
> Sure, I've seen it do that lots of times. Is there a specific  
> problem, or were
> you merely confused about the AWL having a large positive score?
> In general, you might want to read up on how the AWL works. Once  
> you have a
> basic handle on what the AWL *really* is (hint: it's a score  
> averager, not a
> whitelist), you'll have a better idea what to look at to try to  
> figure out
> problems you may have with it.
> http://wiki.apache.org/spamassassin/AutoWhitelist

I know with SA versions before 3.x it was recommended to turn off  
AWL. Since then I have played with this being on and off. It works  
fine for a while until a nice spam message or two get hit with a nice  
big negative score and it sails through. I was wondering if I am just  
not giving the system enough time to sort it's self out or if SA with  
MailScanner is better off with out AWL?

Opinions on a postcard to...
(Damn that dates me, for those in the UK who remember... :-) )


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