[Mimedefang] Remove existing tag from Subject:

Bernd Petrovitsch bernd at petrovitsch.priv.at
Tue Dec 7 04:50:19 EST 2010

On Mon, 2010-12-06 at 12:24 -0500, Jason Bertoch wrote: 
> Does anyone have filter code they're willing to share that removes any existing
> "*****SPAM*****" tag in the Subject: header?
> I occasionally get customers that reply back-and-forth several times to a FP,
> leaving the tag in place each time, then finally report to me that the reply is
> a FP.  In many cases, the cause of the FP has already been fixed so each reply
> is no longer considered spam, but the tag is still in place.  Removing any

- People shouldn't use the subject line for for (automatic) filtering
  but some headers fields.
- The tag is usually at the beginning of the subject. So having "Re:" or
  similar in front should actually tell the user something.
- And if people (and MUAs) would actually thread their mailboxes by
  default, it would be obvious (IMHO) that the tag is just copied from
  the first mail in the thread.
Short answer: There is no clean technical solution to a (pure) human
The problems range from starting to remove too much too early (on real
spams) up to changing completely different subjects who just happen to
have the spam marker in it (OK, the risk might be quite low, but it's

> existing tag prior to processing with SA will reduce confusion on the
> recipient's end, and save me a fair amount of leg work on the FP report.
> I realize that Subject: tagging is outdated, but it's what my customers already
> have rules for in their mail clients.  Changing this habit is in the works, but
> it's also a slow process.

But the only real solution ...

Bernd Petrovitsch                  Email : bernd at petrovitsch.priv.at
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