Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs

John Levine <johnl@taugh.com> Wed, 27 January 2010 17:21 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs
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>TIS buttons should clearly convey this point: the message being 
>flagged and _disclosed_ is perceived as abusive and unwanted, the 
>sender is unknown to the recipient/reporter, and he or she delegates 
>the community at large to take whatever action they may deem 
>appropriate. No privacy issues beyond that point, except for possibly 
>redacting the reporter's address.

That's a good summary.  The question I originally brought up was how
to add a spam button to normal MUAs that was functionally similar to
the one provided by all the big webmail systems.

All they need to do is somehow send the message, or a pointer to a stored
copy of the message, back to the user's own mail system.  The tricky bit
is that MUAs have separate configs for inbound and outbound mail, so you
can't just send the message via the outbound channel or you may be sending
it to someone who's never seen it before.  For IMAP you could either
have a special folder (what AOL does with its IMAP interface) or a new
flag, for POP you'd have to invent a crock of some sort.

R's,
John