[extropy-chat] META: Anti-Bayesian spam
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
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.
> Politics is the struggle between those who want to make their country
> the best in the world, and those who believe it already is. Each group
> calls the other unpatriotic.
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