Testing The Spam Filters
from the so-so dept
One of the columnists at the San Jose Mercury News ran some short unscientific tests on the email he gets to see how well the filters from Brightmail and Spamcop work in stopping the spam he gets. He found that both help a little bit. Brightmail stopped about half the spam with no “false positives”, while Spamcop caught 79% – but did have a few false positives (though, not very important ones). I’ve still been thinking about signing up for Spamcop, but people keep telling me good things about SpamAssassin. I wonder how well it would work on a similar test. In the meantime, I still think it sucks that people need to do anything at all to prevent spam. We shouldn’t have spam. People should simply know not to send out spam. I have a friend who has suggested that we hold public beatings of people convicted of spamming. It keeps sounding like a better idea.