A UI for importing and exporting *user-selected* filters would be extremely useful. Most users don't want to/don't know how/are afraid to set up filters. Furthermore, there are a number of useful filters that you won't figure out unless you are good at formal procedural logic, pattern recognition, *and* have time to study a spam corpus. Right now, it's difficult enough to share filters that people generally don't. Even Outlook2xxx, which has import/export, doesn't fully do the job because you have to import/export the whole thing. Joe doesn't really want to delete all of Jane's filters that don't apply to him. Joe *especially* doesn't want Jane's filters to overwrite his own! Note that because this is an inherently DEcentralized anti-spam scheme, it is less vulnerable to spammers figuring out how to bypass it. It leads to a diversity of immune systems, so to speak.
*** Bug 166842 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Making this bug depend on bug 166842, which is a more general bug.
This bug won't become really useful until mozilla can support a tree structure for its filters (think of selecting only the parent of the spam filters instead of the 150 individual filters it encompases), so depending on bug 151226.
Depends on: 151226
Assignee: naving → sspitzer
sorry for the spam. making bugzilla reflect reality as I'm not working on these bugs. filter on FOOBARCHEESE to remove these in bulk.
Assignee: sspitzer → nobody
Is anybody really working on this? It seems to have been active since 2002.
Filter on "Nobody_NScomTLD_20080620"
QA Contact: laurel → filters
Product: Core → MailNews Core
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