Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs

Michael Thomas <> Tue, 22 December 2009 17:45 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs
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Ian Eiloart wrote:
> That must depend a lot on the interface that they have. With the mail 
> client I have currently, there's no way to know how to report spam. If 
> the client had a "report as spam" button, then I'll bet the reporting 
> rate would go up.
> I get a much lower than 1% reporting rate, except when it comes to 
> spear phishing, where the rate is a bit better than 1%, even though 
> people have to find out how to do the reporting.
> Also, about 90% of the reports I get include minimal headers, so 
> they're not very useful.
Yet just about everybody has a junk button. Typically it feeds into some 
baysian stuff right now.
There's no reason that in the back end of the mua it couldn't send 
reports somehow, like, say,
an extension to imap or something like that. And then do what Nathaniel 
was saying: treat the
junk button as a "I don't want" button and figure out what that really 
means for the filters.

And it's not like this sort of thing is anything new anyway: lots of 
vendors have "report as
spam" widgets that get bolted onto the side of your favorite MUA. A 
little standardization
would be nice though as it would decouple that UI hassle from the actual 
job of filtering.