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SpamWeasel Support Issues

Q. How can I configure SpamWeasel Free to work best for me?
A. SpamWeasel Free will check each e-mail against a set of rules, to identify spam or non-spam messages. You can give each of these rules a priority (from lowest to highest), and you can set different actions to be performed for each priority level. Some rules search against lists of words/patterns which you can edit according to your requirements.

The Rule tab
Double-click on the SpamWeasel icon in the system tray and click on the Rules tab. You'll see that each rule has a priority level over to the right of the screen. If you right-click on the priority level for a rule, you can change it to either lowest, low, normal, high or highest.

You can set the higher priority option for rules that you're confident are correctly detecting spam/not spam, and lower priority for rules that you trust less. You can set the high priority rules to delete mail, and the low priority rules to allow through modifying the subject (described in The Action tab section below).

Rules are checked in order of the list on the Rules tab. Also, rules are checked in order of priority. For example: if an e-mail passes or fails a rule set as normal priority, all other normal priority rules will be ignored, however, any High or Highest level rules will still be checked.

Note: The set of rules that are pre-configured in SpamWeasel are partly to detect spam out-of-the box, but are also there to provide examples. You'll need to carefully examine each rule in turn, and decide if you require it.

The Action tab
Click on the Action tab, you'll see that there is a drop-down menu titled "Action for priority level". The actions for each level of priority can be changed by selecting the specific level from the drop-down menu.

The following actions can be performed on an e-mail for each level of priority:
  1. "Allow through modifying subject", which allows you to add text to the subject field of any e-mail picked up as spam. If you don't want spam mail passed through at all then you can un-check this option.

  2. "Archive message to", if a rule picks up an e-mail as spam, and if it's priority level has the "Archive message to" option checked, a copy of the spam mail will be kept in the specified directory. If you don't wish to keep an archive just uncheck the box.
The Patterns and Words tabs
If you click on the Patterns or Words tabs, you'll find that you can edit the lists that rules use to check against. Feel free to add or delete information from these lists according to your requirements.

You can add a list of non-spam addresses to the "Friendly From Addresses" list, this is on the Patterns tab. Any addresses listed in the "Friendly From Addresses" list will be automatically marked as NOT SPAM.
If you're setting different levels for rules, it is recommended that you set the rule "Pass if FROM listed in 'Friendly From Addresses'" to the "Highest" level.


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