[extropy-chat] META: Anti-Bayesian spam

MB mbb386 at main.nc.us
Thu Dec 7 23:36:54 UTC 2006

> I wonder if the filter simply does not show you the spam
> that does not match your regular email vocabulary, while
> letting through some of the spam that does match, giving
> you a skewed sample of spam to compare against the other
> email?

I do not look at all the spam, no way!  Just every once in a while I'll read one
just to see what's there. And sometimes I'm surprised.

My filter does not discard *anything* without my explicit sayso. So it's not a
matter of letting some through.

And sometimes the subject lines are surprisingly close to home for the lists I'm on,
or for the websites I visit or webmaster.  Perhaps my interests are ordinary. ;)

> Or maybe you simply remember the spam that matches your
> other email better than the spam that doesn't.  A brain
> is a very good pattern finding machine :)

Indeed we do see patterns, even where none exist!

This spam thing is not a big deal, it's just sorta surprising, sometimes amusing,
and sometimes a bit worrying.


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