Filtering Your Mail for the First Time
you have completed the Set-Up Assistant, you can filter for the first time by
choosing Start Filtering from the Spamfire Filemenu
or clicking the Start Filtering button in the Spamfire toolbar.
Spamfire will connect to the email server for each account you imported in the
Set-Up Assistant, filter the mail, and show you the results in the main Spamfire
The first time Spamfire filters your email, it may make quite a few mistakes.
You should review all the decisions it makes so you can make corrections and
train Spamfire to be more intelligent about future email. Here's how to train
Spamfire the first time:
- Choose Show Spam from the View menu. The
Spamfire Mail Window will show you all the messages Spamfire thought were
through the list for good messages that were intercepted incorrectly. When
you see a good message, click it once and then click the Is Good
button in the toolbar, or choose Mark as Good from the Message
may also choose to click the Is Friend button for some messages.
That will mark the message as good and also add it to the Spamfire Friends
List, so Spamfire will always accept email from that sender in the future.
- The messages you mark as good or as friends will disappear from the list.
- Now choose Show Good Mail from the View menu.
The Spamfire Mail Window will show you all the messages Spamfire thought were
for spam messages in this list. If you find any, click them once and then
click the Is Spam button in the toolbar or choose Mark
as Spam from the Message menu.The messages you mark
as spam will disappear from the list.
- If you want Spamfire to learn with maximum possible speed, you can also
take the extra, optional step of confirming Spamfire's borderline email decisions.
Choose Show Borderline Mail from the View menu.
Select all the spam messages in this list and click the Is Spam
button in the toolbar. Then select all the good messages in this list and
click Is Good. This will confirm Spamfire's filtering decisions
and make Spamfire quicker to recognize similar messages in the future.
you have set up Spamfire to work as a helper, you should now filter again
by clicking the Start Filtering button in the toolbar. Spamfire
will connect again to your email server and synchronize the corrections you
Now you can open your email program and check your email. Your email program
will retrieve all the good messages, and none of the spam messages.
The corrections you made will train Spamfire to be more accurate with future
messages. You may find that you still need to make numerous corrections the
next few times you check your email. After Spamfire has seen between 50 and
100 email messages, it should start being more accurate. You will need to make
fewer and fewer corrections as time goes by.
For more details about day-to-day use, please read browsing
messages, the icon and score legend,
correcting Spamfire's decisions, and other
topics in the Using Spamfire section of this manual.