A Weblog About Topics and Issues Discussed in the Book Spam Kings by Brian McWilliams

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January 21, 2005

A plan for spam folders

This article at O'Reilly Network visits the topic I covered during my presentation at the MIT Spam Conference today. I argue that although content-based spam filters are approaching 100% accuracy, they can never totally eliminate the spam problem. The reason has to do with consumer behavior and a design element indispensable to most junk email filters: the spam folder. (I'll try to provide more info about the conference, which was chock full of interesting presentations, soon.)

Posted by brian at January 21, 2005 8:06 PM


Hi Brian!

Congratulations on your talk! I guess you got a point there. I wonder when the spammers will start thinking the same way.

Very nice idea to search for those bulk folder references!


PS: I guess it's time for a new laptop ;-)

Posted by: Manni at January 23, 2005 8:17 AM

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Posted by: don warner saklad at January 23, 2005 9:14 AM

The comment mechanism here did not reproduce the full link that should be http://GuideToProblematicalLibraryuse.buzzword.com/stats/referers


Posted by: don warner saklad at January 23, 2005 9:16 AM

Hi Manni,

Glad you enjoyed my "Spam Folders" presentation at the Spam Conference. (Yes, it's definitely time to retire my old laptop.)

I bet you and the Chongqed.org gang were excited to hear about the recent "nofollow" announcement from Google, et al.!

Posted by: Brian at January 24, 2005 3:13 PM

Hi Brian,

yes! That definitely was a pleasant surprise. Let's hope that this will reduce the amount of spam we are seeing. Keep your fingers crossed.

Posted by: Manni at January 25, 2005 3:56 AM


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