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Hint assumes too much
Authored by: cbiagini on Nov 02, '06 07:56:06AM
I think this "hint" may apply to a subset of spam filters, particularly older or naively-implemented ones, but it would be harmful if followed on a large scale, especially in the case of filters that apply to many users, like GMail's.

GMail and similar systems are striving to emulate what is essentially a horde of human spam filters: us. Their effectiveness relies on having known examples of "spam" and "non-spam" emails, and all this hint accomplishes is teaching those filters that these attachment-style emails aren't spam.

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Re: Hint assumes too much
Authored by: chaos215bar2 on Nov 16, '06 05:16:34AM

Indeed... I have now had about 20 of these messages to train my Apple Mail spam filter with, and while this did temporarily seem to generate two false positives, Mail now identifies at least one version of these gif mails perfectly and is back to generating no false positives.

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