Proper use of junk mail feature?

Eberhard Roloff tuxebi at
Sun Mar 22 12:57:56 UTC 2009

Steve Lamb wrote:
> Steven Vollom wrote:
>> Thanks Billie, I did that, but am confused whether to move to a folder 
>> or delete, of the two choices.  If I choose to delete, do I lose the 
>> learning protection?  I chose the other option to go to a folder, in 
>> case that was necessary to have the filter work properly, but I actually 
>> would prefer deleting them if they are still remembered as junk.  I hope 
>> I am making myself clear.  Thanks friend.
>     You can delete without any worries.  The database that holds the
> statistical data the bayesian classifier uses is independent of any message.
> What matters is that the message is classified properly.
While you certainly can delete junk, it does not always make sense.

Especially when learning to classify your junk mails, there are also the 
occasional false positives, i.e. mails that are classified as junk but 
actually being mails that you want to have.

So moving junk to a folder, having a look at this folder any other week 
to identify anything that was falsely classified and then setting the 
junk to be deleted after say 30 days, imho sometimes works better.


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