Argh!

I just deleted 214 junk messages, most of them from that damn virus that’s going around. My junk filter is now going to reject the word “test,” which means I’ll probably lose legitimate messages about school testing. At any rate, if I ignore your e-mail it’s because it got killed in the general slaughter.

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  1. What software/filter are you using? I just started using a Bayesian filter which is amazing. It selects a bucket for each message based on the collective probability of all the words in the message. Therefore, it can differentiate between junk and legitimate letters even with a word like “Test”.

    The down side is that you have to train it to work but mine is already at 93% accuracy after about 40 emails.

  2. Richard Brandshaft says:

    Would “King Of Fools” please post specifics of the filter he is using?

  3. I’m not King of Fools (at least by professional name; whether that fits as a description is another matter), but I’m using SpamSieve on my Mac (I don’t think it works on Windows, but I’m not sure), and it actually works better at filtering spam than my brain does. And its also much faster.

  4. In the meantime, maybe you can suggest e-mailers to use another word instead of “test.”

    Funny, out of the thousands of spam messages I’ve gotten, I don’t remember a whole lot with the word “test.”

    I assume that your filter doesn’t give you the option of storing the junk separately so you can look at it before deleting it.

  5. In the meantime, maybe you can suggest e-mailers to use another word instead of “test.”

    You mean like “evaluate?” Finally, a legitimate need for euphemisms.

  6. Walter Wallis says:

    Twelve hours to get rid of W32.Novarg.

    Let’s discuss the death penalty.

  7. I pay for Eudora on the Mac rather than use Mail. It’s worth it for the built-in bayesian junk-mail filter.

    — e

  8. Walter Wallis says:

    I believe I was caught by the returned mail trap. It is time to require an I.D. on all E-Mail Whatever benefits society might derive from anonymous messaging is far outweighed by by the damage that anonymous attackers have accomplished. Hanging must still be an option.

  9. Mark Odell says:

    Whatever benefits society might derive from anonymous messaging is far outweighed by by the damage that anonymous attackers have accomplished.

    Be that as it may, in this instance the problem is not anonymity on the part of senders, it’s cluelessness on the part of certain recipients (see my previous comment). Of course, the prevalence of Microsoft Outlook/OE is also a contributing factor, but that’s another subject….

  10. Yet another raeson to homeschool!

    I figured that, since every other thread on this site includes this message, this one should too.

  11. Mark Odell says:

    The salient difference being that said comment IMCO actually is relevant to a large number of other threads on this site.

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