Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs

"Andrew Richards" <> Fri, 05 February 2010 12:03 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs
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I'd like to add a new angle to this thread:

We've been debating how it will work, but it could also be an opportunity 
to consider what to report - in particular by classification. So far we've 
been focused on having a method of saying:

 - This is spam/unwanted

but it may be more useful to expand this to further categories (more than 
one might be specified):

 - This is spam
 - This is unwanted
 - Unsubscribe from mailing list etc.
 - This is a virus
 - This is a phishing mail

Clearly if there's just one button you'd probably have to go for "This is 
spam" or "This is unwanted", but some MUAs might choose to provide a richer 
feature set for how unwanted mail is reported.

These categories clearly overlap with those of ARF - the base values 
abuse/fraud/other/virus cover most of the above and more categories can be 
added / already exist; is there an issue with (as I understand ARF) only 
being able to specify a single category for a message? Does ARF handle a 
generic 'unwanted' adequately with its 'other' category?

Whether ARF or IMAP, POP extensions etc are used to communicate the 
unwanted-ness of the message, the ARF categories clearly look to be useful 
for the reporting and could form part of the IMAP, POP etc. mechanisms if 
that's the route taken.