Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs

Michael Thomas <> Thu, 28 January 2010 17:40 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs
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On 01/28/2010 09:31 AM, John Levine wrote:
>> Even worse, users will learn what the button means by the effect (they
>> think) they obtain by hitting it, which may vary.
> Web mail has had spam buttons for years, and the users seem to have
> figured out how to use them.  Can you explain exactly how the issues
> with a spam button in a MUA would be different?

The entire thing strikes me as rather elitist: like only Certified Spamologists(tm)
can determine for you what you don't want to receive.

Of course, they completely miss the point: whether something is Objectively spam or
not isn't solving the problem that I as a user have. Spam is just ONE KIND of thing
I don't want to receive. There are many, many other classes and thus far only Baysian
stuff has come close to approximating my actual problem. The Certified Spamologists
just don't get that.