Watermarking action problem?

Julian Field MailScanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue May 6 19:42:39 IST 2008

Mark Nienberg wrote:
> John Wilcock wrote:
>> John Wilcock a écrit :
>>> Just received a genuine out-of-office reply that was sent with a 
>>> null sender, but didn't quote the original message and hence the 
>>> watermark.
>>> MS correctly added 5 points to the spam score, but this should not 
>>> have been enough for the message to be considered as spam. (-1.5 + 5 
>>> = +3.5, with a threshold of 5) However, it still took the spam 
>>> action rather than the nonspam action for the message.
I can't find this one either, sorry. :-(
>> Conversely, I just received a piece of spam with a null sender and 
>> (of course) no watermark. MS again correctly added points to the spam 
>> score. This time they should have been enough to push the message 
>> over the high spam threshold, but MS still took the ordinary spam 
>> action, not the high spam action.
> In my case, legitimate bounce messages quoting the original message 
> containing my server's watermark are tagged as having bad watermarks.  
> Have you seen that happen?
> Mark
Please can you send me a badly-behaved message demonstrating this 
problem (with the watermark), and all your Watermark settings, including 
the Secret. Given that lot I should be able to work out why it's going 

I've just re-created a message bounce by hand, and it worked out just 
fine. So I can't reproduce it yet :-(

Not doing well here...


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