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I installed it a week ago and have to say that out of the hundreds of spam emails I get in a week I've only had 2 false positives with the default settings.
My inbox is spam free!
Anyone else using it?
However, I still run my own hand-rolled .procmailrc on stuff once it has passed through SA, that usually gets up to 50 a day as well. I suspect my host doesn't update SA as often as they should.
I have progresed via MailWasher and CloudMark..
...Spam Assassin is the perfect solution. It gives me a decent mail box with virtually 100% spam free mail, and bins literally thousands. I have stopped checking the Held File as it was all spam
Ironically the only problem I have had is in trying to send myself form mail off a site. None was getting through, and I found it in the held file, needed a bit of tweaking to get it through. Classic example of what they call "friendly fire" these days
For the first time in years I only get 4 or 5 a day that slip through and MailWasher nails them, so SPAM FREE!
eh... after (almost) missing two very important emails I stopped filtering.
With filtering there are going to be false positives. The problem is that it's rare, so you end up looking through the segregated spams less and less (otherwise why filter?).
It's been so good that I now /dev/null anything that scores >7, and put items scoring >5 and <7 aside for manual checking.
Whatever, the answer is no, you don't have to download it, you just need to set up a way of dealing with it once SA has tagged it as spam.
No, I send my emails to them automatically, they are filtered there, then kosher stuff comes back to me automatically, and the held file is in cyberspace for me to examine if I want to.
Works like a charm. My life is my own again ;)
The only problem tends to be with the people who only use webmail, but they seem to cope pretty well.
It also feels good to dump spams that slip through into a "spam" folder and let SA learn off the ones that got through. :)
Since the spam email goes to one box and I can view it prior to deletion, I can easily figure out if a rule needs to be added or tweaked. :)
The publisher has no easy way to review his newsletter to ensure that it won't stop his newsletter.
Now if each town made its own traffic rules and kept them secret until you violated one of them, I think you would be upset when you go a ticket.
Why can't a newsletter use all caps as section heads? Isn't this arbitrary in a spam filter? Advertisements pay the cost of developing newsletters, why should spam filters be biased against them.
Spam has only one effective place to be controlled. It is at the money source. If a mailing piece contains pornography or fraud it must be illegal to make a credit card transaction. Enforcement should go after the money side. If illegal email was not profitable it would stop.