Re: How to kill spam?
- From: "Vanguard" <vanguard.news@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2006 17:28:43 -0600
"Ted Zieglar" <teddy.z@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:OzELRTQKGHA.1728@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Well excuuuse me for not being specific enough for you.
"Vanguard" <vanguard.news@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
"Ted Zieglar" <teddy.z@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in messageyou
> You'll still get all the spam you were previouisly receiving, but now > it
> won't have HTML formatting.
How does *reading* in plain-text format change the raw data on which the
rules get exercised. Just because you *read* a mail by converting it from
HTML to text format (I forget the DLL that is used for this), that doesn't
change the mail so it remains HTML formatted. As with HTML (where whatsee isn't necessary what is in the document, like for links), what you*see*when reading in plain-text mode is NOT what the rules get exercisedagainst.You aren't converting the e-mail from HTML to plain text. You are just
changing how you VIEW that e-mail.
The point was that your post inferred that switching to *viewing* an e-mail in plain-text format would somehow make the rules change so all the rules would see was also that plain-text rendering of the HTML-formatted e-mail. Switching to plain-text view won't alter what the rules test against, so the problem with the rules as noted by the OP won't get fixed by your suggestion. The OP was looking for how to get rid of the spam, not how to read spam in plain-text format.
Switching to plain-text format to *view* the HTML-formatted e-mails would be applicable if the OP was concerned about infection or nasties used in HTML-formatted mails. However, if the OP properly configures OE to use the Restricted Sites security zone (and it is set at its default High level), and with the option to blocked linked images (to eliminate web bugs), then any HTML e-mails containing any nasties gets neutered. However, these settings, whether to read in plain text or to use the Restricted Sites zone, don't address the OP's request to get rid of the spam in the first place so they don't have to read it even as plain text.
If a user doesn't feel capable of configuring their e-mail client so they can safely render HTML-formatted e-mails then using the option to read only in plain-text mode is helpful. It won't affect on what content the rules get exercised against. Sorry you got offended but my reply was to really help the OP when following the thread to understand that plain-text mode wouldn't make their rule(s) work.
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