Brad Fitzpatrick (brad) wrote,
Brad Fitzpatrick

Spamee Profiling

My spam filtering is almost perfect, but recently somebody sent me an MMS and it got wrongly tagged as spam because the email headers were so bare. I went to look for it and saw there were over 30,000 messages in my spam folder. The MMS didn't take long to find, but it made me more aware that spam actually existed. It had been so long.

So, I modified my spam handling scripts to put the spam in a dated folder, creating it if necessary. Now at least my spam is cleanly organized. One day I can feed it all to bogofilter for analysis, should I decide to start using that.

So now I'm curious and am just looking at the type of spam I get. I chuckled thinking there should be a spamee profiling site, where you go and answer questions like:

What is your gender?
Do you have a big penis?
Are you gay?
What languages do you speak?

If spammers had those answers, think about much spam they wouldn't have to send!

I'm so glad spam is so easy to deal with. Contrast to snail mail, which I only check once or twice a week because I hate sifting through all the junk mail to find the bills (more junk mail, as far as I'm concerned).

Maybe one day I'll snap and abandon email like Knuth, opting only to receive correspondence via snail mail. I giggle at the thought. :P

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