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Accuracy > Avoid false positives
Avoid false positives
A false positive is a good message that gets intercepted incorrectly
as spam. This can happen to messages that contain spam-like characteristics.
It happens frequently with mailing list messages, even mailing lists you
want to receive, if they are sent in bulk, contain commercial content
or offer unsubscribe options.
Of course, you can always rescue any
message that gets intercepted mistakenly, but that gets tiresome after
a while. To avoid this problem, Spamfire gives you several ways to prevent
- If a message from one of your regular correspondents is intercepted,
you can add the sender to your Friends
List. Spamfire will always accept messages from that sender in the
future. You can also import
your address book from your email program from time to time so your
Spamfire Friends List is always current.
- You can create negative
score filters to make Spamfire more likely to accept certain messages.
This is a very powerful feature and is the key to achieving very high
effectiveness rates with Spamfire.
- You can also adjust the Score
Threshold for your account so that fewer messages are intercepted.
However, this is not the recommended approach. You will get much better
results by running with a low threshold and using the other methods
on this page to avoid false positives. See Best
Strategy for more info.