Article:
  The Fight Against Spam, Part 2
Subject:   Is mail relearning?
Date:   2004-05-19 06:28:36
From:   Palmtop-Pro
When settings are in "automatic" mode and a received mail is manually flagged as spam, does the program recognize that individual mail as such and learn?
Or is the spam simply moved to the trashbag?
Thats a vital point / question - in case the mail is only moved that means one has to go through the learning process from the beginning, what is a pain.
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  • FJ de Kermadec photo Is mail relearning?
    2004-05-19 06:32:58  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hi !

    Whenever you manually flag a message as "Junk" or "Not Junk", the Mail filters will learn from your command and better identify what you consider as SPAM.

    There is no need to switch modes to take advantage of Mail's learning capabilities.

    Let me know if this helps !

    F.J.
    • Is mail relearning?
      2004-05-19 06:42:21  Palmtop-Pro [View]

      Thanks for updating us / me.
      That means in automatic mode if mails are marked manually as junk the filter gets sharper and sharper i understand now.
      Another one:
      I have a pretty good filter on my powerbook and want to transfer that very filter, eg. settings (or as we have learned matrix table) to my other machines. Is this possible?
      Even Mac press support Europe could not answer that one - though.
      Boris
      www.palmtop-pro.com
      publishing editor
      • FJ de Kermadec photo Is mail relearning?
        2004-05-19 06:54:55  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

        Hi again !

        You're really welcome ! It's always a pleasure to talk with my fellow Mac users ! :-)

        You may want to try to transfer these two files. This is a bit of DYI computing but it should help.

        ~/Library/Mail/MessageSorting.plist
        ~/Library/Mail/LSMMap2

        Let me know if this helps !

        F.J.
        • Is mail relearning?
          2004-05-26 06:26:46  Palmtop-Pro [View]

          Hi again!
          I tried to mark repeating similar incoming (sex) junks as such in automatic mode and it seems that the filter does not learn and catch this trash. Are you relly sure the learn mode is still on and resharping in automatic mode?
          Thanks for enlightening me.
    • Is mail relearning?
      2004-05-26 06:24:03  Palmtop-Pro [View]

      Hi again!
      I tried to mark repeating similar incoming (sex) junks as such in automatic mode and it seems that the filter does not learn and catch this trash. Are you relly sure the learn mode is still on and resharping in automatic mode?
      Thanks for enlightening me.
      • FJ de Kermadec photo Is mail relearning?
        2004-05-26 17:17:28  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

        Hi again !

        You're very welcome ! :-)

        Mail's Junk Mail filter should still work in automatic mode. Would you think that it is not the case on your Mac, switch back temporarily to training mode and see if you can train it more easily.

        Would it work, a corrupted cache file may have prevented it from doing its work properly. In that case, the switch should take care of it.

        Would it still not work, you can create a rule for these messages. However, before doing so, it is worth checking what may be raising an issue with Mail -- for example, is their syntax extremely elaborate, do they use a mix of languages ?

        Let me know if it helps !

        F.J.