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10.4: Keep third-party-trapped Mail spam out of Spotlight System 10.4
While Spotlight doesn't index Mail's Junk folder, if you use third-party anti-spam software that sorts spam into its own Spam folder -- such as Intego Personal Antispam, which is what I use -- your spam may get indexed. Once indexed, Spotlight will return some of your spam messages when searching for seemingly banal words, since so many spam messages have blocks of "normal" text in them. (Also, since I get about 500 spams per day, that's a lot of indexing time when mail arrives.)

So, to prevent Spotlight from indexing spam, open the Spotlight preferences, click the Privacy tab, then drag ~/Library -> Mail -> Mailboxes -> (name of your spam folder) to the list of items that Spotlight won't index.

[robg adds: There's a general hint in the system about using the Privacy tab to block some mailboxes. However, for those using third party anti-spam tools, this more specific version should cut down on the amount of cruft visible in your Spotlight search results.]
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10.4: Keep third-party-trapped Mail spam out of Spotlight
Authored by: xeroply on Jul 21, '06 03:39:48PM

Good idea, but I have just one question.

Why would you keep a bunch of old SPAM around anyway? In my mind, the whole purpose of the Spam folder (I use SpamSieve) is to regularly select everything in there, and hit DELETE.

Then again, my volume of incoming mail is probably a lot less than other people's. (20 messages in a day is a lot)



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10.4: Keep third-party-trapped Mail spam out of Spotlight
Authored by: joh on Jul 21, '06 04:32:02PM

Your very personal spam is actually a valuable resource. You can analyze it to improve spam filtering, test different filters against it, you can train statistical filters with it... I'm keeping compressed archives of old spam and after a while burn it to CD.



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10.4: Keep third-party-trapped Mail spam out of Spotlight
Authored by: kirkmc on Jul 22, '06 03:38:21AM

I don't keep it around, but I don't sort it immediately either. There are usually one or two false positives a week in my Spam folder, so I still have to scan it. I do this once a day or so...

Kirk

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