Finding Bad Spam Delights Geeks

from the life-of-a-geek dept

Having recently thrown SpamAssassin into the toolbox of spam-catching tools that I use, I’ve been randomly checking on the “spam score” that SpamAssassin assigns each email. I hadn’t realized that for some, this has become something of a sport. People are having competitions to discover the most “spamlike” spam out there, and have even written programs to record the spamness of spam. They joke about how some of these spam messages seem to be designed simply to push their spam score higher. What’s most amusing, of course, is most of the things that make it clear that spam is spam were done in the first place to avoid making them get caught by first generation spam filters that simply filtered by sender or subject.

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