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Re: Need Volunteers for Ham Trap

From: Warren Togami Jr. <wtogami_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Jan 18 2011 - 13:01:40 GMT
To: SpamAssassin Users List <users@spamassassin.apache.org>

On 1/18/2011 1:15 AM, Martin Gregorie wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-01-18 at 01:46 -0800, Jeff Chan wrote:
>
>> While I certainly would encourage improving ham and spam corpora,
>> this proposal may open up a lot of grey areas that may be
>> non-trivial to resolve.
>>
> Agreed, and some companies will get to you sign up for accounting and
> service problem notifications and then pump advertising down the channel
> in such volume that the purpose for which you signed up seems utterly
> forgotten.
>
> British Telecom sets a bad example here: they even behave like a spammer
> inasmuch as they regularly vary their promotions text to dodge spam
> filters. I'd be worried that if word gets around that SA is developing
> rules that give signed-up bulk mail a free ride then a lot more
> companies will do the same.

This is a misunderstanding. I am largely against whitelisting or
negative score rules. I merely intend to increase the variety of
legitimate mail in the nightly ham corpus so our spam-hostile rules can
be better tested for safety. This will be interesting especially with
non-English ham.

Warren