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These guys want your spam

In case you haven’t heard, the FTC wants you to forward spam to them at But they’re not the only ones who want your spam.
So does Spam Archive. Their goal is to accumulate a nice cross-representative sample of spam, for example, to use in seeding Bayesian filters. It’s taken me about a week to accumulate 146 spam messages and with that sample set, now my Bayesian filter works more often than not. But wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go download an archive of, say, a couple thousand spam messages and seed a Bayesian filter with that?

Some Slashdotters questioned the group’s motives. The admin contact on the site has connections to a commercial anti-spam company. If this is a front for a for-profit company and they benefit from the contributions, I say so what? I’m not one of those “everything should be free” people. I certainly hope they will keep their word and make the spam archive available to all comers. And if they do that, I really couldn’t care less who benefits.

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4 thoughts on “These guys want your spam”

  1. especially his closing comment at the end, isn’t that something like the messenger program XP has?!
    thankfully, that can be disabled though, but what use does it actually have? does MS sell off information on how to use it?
    i once even saw that program (before learning how to disable it) advertising a program for $30 to remove it! the stupidity, though no doubt, some person did.

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