The Fight Against Spam, Part 2
Subject:   Marking Messages as Junk in Rules
Date:   2004-05-19 10:15:59
From:   rekreisler
I have been getting multiple spams with the same subject (and same or similar body), which are not getting flagged as junk, even after I have marked all the previous ones as junk. I've been filtering them directly into the Trash using rules, but I think I'm messing up my Junk mail filter by not marking them as junk before they're thrown away. I'm guessing that this is the case because the Junk filter seems to operate at around 75% effectiveness, which is much less than the generic Spam Assassin filter I have server side (I filter the Spam Assassin flagged mail into my junk folder and manually mark it as junk if didn't think it was junk). I've used the Junk feature for over a year, it is not in training, and I haven't touched the defaults, such as turning on accept messages with my full name. Anyone know if filtering into the trash messes up your junk filter?
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  • FJ de Kermadec photo Marking Messages as Junk in Rules
    2004-05-19 10:41:02  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hi !

    As a general rule, it is a good idea to train Mail's junk mail filters so that it can better recognize SPAM.

    A solution may be to move your messages automatically to the Junk mailbox and to mark them yourself from time to time...

    However, would you think that Mail's filters have stopped learning, this may be due to a corrupted file. You can try deleting the two files it relies on : this will reset it entirely and may take care of the issue you are experiencing.

    These files are in ~/Library/Mail and are called :

    - LSMMap2
    - MessageSorting.plist

    Note that your rules will be reset too.

    Let me know if this helps !