[LINK] How Do I Stop Spam from the Palmer United Party?

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Tue Feb 4 08:57:54 AEDT 2014

On 03/02/14 09:45, Roger Clarke wrote:

> ... I'd have thought that a set of rules could be devised that would
> identify political spam with a very low false-positive ratio. ...

I subscribe to Fastmail's email service which uses SpamAssassin:

It deals well with most spam, but seventeen copies of the Palmer United
Party (PUP) new-years newsletter got through, even after I had told it
the twenty one copies of the previous PUP newsletter were spam.

> Hasn't that been done in quite a few CompSci 2nd year assignments?
> (If not, why not??). ...

You tell me: you are the Professor.  ;-)

> We don't want such a rule-base implemented centrally.

Fastmail has an option for sharing spam ratings, which I subscribe to.
So hopefully other subscribers will not get PUP pulp.

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