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filtering spam with outlook? oh no. [Dec. 10th, 2000|12:00 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I showed Eli the awesome power that is junkfilter and he was pretty awed by it all ... I showed him all the rules it had and how many messages it catches for me each day. I was going to set it up for him (since he gets so much spam ... probably because of all those porn sites he visits), but the school doesn't have procmail installed, and doesn't respect .forward files. They have their own weird forwarding system, where all @u.washington.edu mail is by default fowarded to @deskmail.washington.edu, where the MDA is, but you can choose where the forwarding goes... i was going to make his @u mail go to eli @bradfitz.com, and then filter it, leave the spam on an IMAP account for him, then forward the rest of it back to @deskmail, but he didn't like that solution. So, he's going to try and make a bunch of Outlook Express rules without regular expressions to filter his spam .... I pity the fool. He'll be back.

[User Picture]From: eli
2000-12-10 12:05 am (UTC)

Spam Filter

The Filter I use now consists of these methods.

Filter everything that matters out of your inbox and into folders.

What is left in the Inbox is SPAM.

Hmmm..I wonder if this would all be easier if I could just find a way to rename my inbox :-)
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-12-10 12:10 am (UTC)

Re: Spam Filter

hahah... that's actually a pretty intelligent filter!
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[User Picture]From: mart
2000-12-10 03:47 am (UTC)

Re: Spam Filter

I do that too. It's mostly based on the To: address, which 'spammers' rarely use since they are bulk mailing with stoopid software. I know what addresses are mine, and they dump into "Good Mail". The only time this falls down is when people Bcc: things to me, but since it's only usually mailing lists that get to me without one of my addresses being in To: or CC:, I just filter those into, say, MailingList\lj-client. Problem solved!

Of course, this is only an interim solution until I finally get some fricken network cables and a non-software modem! I'll be keeping my mail on a linux box with an IMAP server then. :)
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