I was adding another spam filter the other day because a piece of spam had made its way past the filters into my inbox. Opened up Eudora’s filters and started looking to see if it made more sense to edit an existing filter and realized that I could spend half the morning looking around to see what filters were already geared towards that general type of spam and what I might have left out.
I love my spam filters. They are very effective little custodians and I never have to see 99.97% of the garbage and sewage that is aimed at my email address, and they also do an excellent job of sorting my mail into the correct mailboxes and alerting or not alerting me according to the rules I set. Despite the rise of dedicated software and email screening services, my custom-made spam filters do a job that no one-size-fits-all spam-killing service can touch. I probably get 100-200 pieces of spam a day (8-25 every 30 minutes during the day) and seldom see so much as the subject titles of any of it.
So I bit the proverbial bullet and did screen shot after screen shot and sat down with the printouts and created categories. And then went back and created empty filters to use as headers, and proceeded to drag and drop filters until I had then all neatly organized into clearly labeled categories! (Also got rid of some redundant filters and combined a few to make more economical & efficient ones).
I ended up with… [hey, this is mundane and pointless!]…
36 filters for catching mail that I do want and sorting it into appropriate mailboxes; a tiny handful of these precede –
1 central filter that tosses anything in which my email address is not a presence in the From or CC header; which is followed by the thest of the “keep” filters; and then–
7 filters for catching “very sneaky” email with unusual and misleading titles;
30 filters for snagging “make money” / “financial success” types of spam;
16 filters for killing credit card, mortgage, bankruptcy, and taxes types of spam;
14 filters for health and diet related spam;
17 filters for computer-geek (“Boost your Windows Reliability”) type spam;
4 filters for spam concerned with cell phones and cellular services;
31 filters for porn spam;
9 filters for travel & vacation spam;
6 filters for catching scams and glurge;
4 filters for picking off meta-spam (trying to sell me spamming software or 10 zillion email addresses);
16 filters for noncommercial junk mail like joke-a-day;
68 domain-specific or company-specific URLS & strings that have been banned to the trash can;
78 “duh” filters that trap for strings and characteristics that are a dead-giveaway for mass email ("$user@");
and 3-4 cleanup filters for handling what mailbox to place any email in if not otherwise handled by a prior filter.
All in all, I’m glad it works as well as it does, but I can’t believe it has come to this!
Who else manages their own filters? Anyone else got a battalion of them like this cleaning up their POP mail?