Spam Filters and Trash

I have been using SpamBayes since others have suggested it in response to my Death of E-Mail post.  SpamBayes is good, probably good enough most of the time, but not good enough for all the time.

SpamBayes is like my wife.  Since my wife pays the bills, she also does the mail.  Everyday, she checks the mail, throws out apparent junk mail, set aside bills, and brings me the rest.  With her standing there, I separate junk out so she can recognize new types of junk next time.  After ten years of this, she rarely has to bring me mail.

One key advantage my wife has over SpamBayes is that she can expect important mail like tax refund or my son's report card.  She knows ahead of time when, from where, and how (i.e. FedEx or US Postal) mail will come.  She also handles unexpected mail well.  This is why I trust her and why I don't trust SpamBayes completely.

Despite all the fancy algorithms behind today's spam filters, all they do is tossing mail into a trash can.  This is sufficient most of the time, but is prone to failure at exceptional times.

When was the last time you digged into your trash and why?  Would you do that daily?  You can't do it weekly because the pile would be way too big, even daily pile is starting to get too big.  You won't unless there are some important e-mails you have been expecting.  That leaves important yet unexpected e-mails that get thrown out every day with rest of the garbage.


p dir=”ltr” style=”margin-right:0;”>Message to my wife: Honey, you are so much prettier than SpamBabes, er, SpamBayes.