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Old 17 Oct 2010, 06:28 AM   #1
rdilliker
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K-9 mail spam folder setup

I recently got an Android phone and am wondering if there is anyway to configure K-9 mail so that I can mark junk mail as spam from within K-9 mail. If I choose the "spam" option in K-9 mail it seems to just move the message to the local spam folder on my phone, and it remains in my inbox on the server.

I tried searching but search can't handle the query "K-9" correctly.
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Old 18 Oct 2010, 07:17 PM   #2
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What you can do is:

1) Setup a folder in your fastmail account explicitly your spam into:

a) Create a folder using the "Options->Folders" screen
b) Click on "Edit" corresponding to that folder in the same screen and choose the "Spam Learning" as "Spam"

2) Set your K-9 to client 's spam folder as that folder:

In K-9, if you go to your "Incoming server" settings, you should have an option to choose a "Spam" folder. Choose the newly created spam folder for that and save settings.

Once you do that, any emails you report as spam on your K-9 will be automatically filed into that folder. And the fastmail server would take care of learning emails in that folder as spam.

To improve spam accuracy, its important that you have enough non-spam reported as well. So, you can setup folders with your legitimate folders (eg: Inbox) to do an automatic non-spam learning as well by marking that folders "Spam Learning" as "As non-spam".

http://www.fastmail.fm/help/spam_virus_protection.html

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Old 18 Oct 2010, 08:40 PM   #3
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Ok, I had tried that option before but I didn't see my pre-existing "junk mail" folder as an option to choose in K-9 mail. It turns out it was related to the display class setting of the "junk-mail" folder in K-9 mail. I have one more question though: in the fastmail web interface if I move an e-mail to the spam folder as opposed to reporting it as spam does that not modify the spam filter? I'm asking because you told me to turn on "spam learning" for that folder.

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Old 20 Oct 2010, 03:14 PM   #4
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in the fastmail web interface if I move an e-mail to the spam folder as opposed to reporting it as spam does that not modify the spam filter?
Yes, the email would be learned as spam either by reporting it as spam or when the folder is scanned. In the webinterface, the easiest is to use the "Report spam" action where the learning is instant. If you move it to the folder, the learning would only be done when the folder is scanned (based on the schedule).

The folder scan is mainly for those who access emails through email clients and don't use the webinterface much. That way, they just have to move the emails into the "Spam" folder to learn emails as spam and set their other legitimate folders to learning to "Non-Spam" so that our servers would do the spam learning based on the schedule.

Hope that makes sense.

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Old 21 Oct 2010, 06:40 AM   #5
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Yes, the email would be learned as spam either by reporting it as spam or when the folder is scanned. In the webinterface, the easiest is to use the "Report spam" action where the learning is instant. If you move it to the folder, the learning would only be done when the folder is scanned (based on the schedule).

The folder scan is mainly for those who access emails through email clients and don't use the webinterface much. That way, they just have to move the emails into the "Spam" folder to learn emails as spam and set their other legitimate folders to learning to "Non-Spam" so that our servers would do the spam learning based on the schedule.

Hope that makes sense.

-Yassar.
This definitely helps but the scanning will only be done if I configure the "spam learning" option for that folder, right? By default "spam learning" is off so if I move an email to the spam folder via the web interface the spam filter wouldn't learn.
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Old 22 Oct 2010, 06:21 PM   #6
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This definitely helps but the scanning will only be done if I configure the "spam learning" option for that folder, right?
Yes thats right. So, if there are folders which you would like to be automatically learned as non-spam or spam, you need to set the appropriate spam learning option for that folder.

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Old 22 Oct 2010, 09:12 PM   #7
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Got it, thanks. Finally have K-9 mail setup properly.
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