Frequently Asked Questions
See also FixingErrors.
Really frequently asked questions
Spam is getting through. How can I get new rules to improve the hit-rate? RunningSaUpdate
I'm getting a lot of "backscatter" / bounce messages / undeliverable email notices / etc. regarding mail I didn't send. How can I block them? VBounceRuleset
I'm not a spammer!
How does it work?
How are the scores assigned?: HowScoresAreAssigned
Why are the number of stars rounded down yet the score is rounded normally?: RoundingIssues
Why use rules? Statistical filters are the future!: WhyUseRules
Shouldn't the rules be kept secret?: PublicRules
How do I report spam? ReportingSpam
How do I report spam that matched a particular accreditation rule? ReportingSpam
How to filter spam mail in Outlook Express: OeFilter
How can I mark as spam all messages that contain a Windows executable?: MarkingAllWindowsExecutables
I'm seeing error messages! How do I fix them?: FixingErrors
What debug channels are available?: DebugChannels
How do I check a message's spam score?: X_Spam_Status
Installation and configuration...
SpamAssassin comes with an "examples" folder documenting a few ways to set it up.
Where should I put local-system-specific rules or configuration options?: WhereDoLocalSettingsGo
How do I tell whether rules in my user_prefs file are active?: UserPrefRuleTest
How do I send data to a SeparateLogFile ?
What tools are available to help me see which rules are hitting and how efficient those rules are? StatsAndAnalyzers
How do I ImproveAccuracy of SpamAssassin?
How do I install a reasonably recent version of SpamAssassin on RedHat or CentOS?
How do I send spam to a special folder when using Dovecot?
Want to contribute?
I've got some wonderful new rules that would help classify mail messages! How do I contribute them?: ContributingNewRules
I have a great idea for an anti-phishing rule, detecting links that claim to be linking to a different URL than their real target!: AntiPhishFakeUrlRule
I get lots of spam from a program called "The Bat!", so I want to write a rule to block it. Is this a good idea?: DontBlockTheBat
A spam message got through! Can I send it to you so you can update the filters?: DoYouWantMySpam
A non-spam message got flagged as spam. Should I send it to you?: DoYouWantMyHam
WeLoveVolunteers (somewhat redundant with this faq section).