Mozilla Privacy and Security Tutorial

Wednesday July 16th, 2003

Gunnar writes: "I have published a tutorial for Mozilla's privacy and security features. It explains and recommends settings. Feedback is very appreciated."

#9 About the spam filtering

by Gunnar

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 11:12 AM

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Yes, to get the best results, you should indeed marky all non-spam messages as "not junk". The filter will work without doing it, but I have heard from a few people who complained about false positives. When I first started using Mozilla's Spam filter (I just recently upgraded from 1.0.2 to 1.4 because of Netscape's spell checker) I trained the filter with my entire inbox (approx. 2000 messages) and I have so far gotten zero positives. Due to the way the filter works, training it with both spam and non-spam will noticeably improve the results adn its reliability.

I believe that false positives will annoy users more than a missed Spam message and unfortunately Mozilla's documentation (and useability) is IMHO lacking in that respect.