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Mail Filtering Using Netscape

The mail client in Netscape has the ability to create filters that match text strings, but not regular expressions. You can use this to match the number of "stars" on the "X-SLUUG-MailScanner-SpamScore" header or the spam/not spam marker on the "X-SLUUG-MailScanner-SpamCheck" header.

Actions that can be taken include moving messages to a different folder, deleting messages, and marking messages in various ways.

This example uses the number of stars to move spam to different folders. It was tested on Netscape 4.8, and other releases might have different syntax.

  • Open the "Mail & Newsgroups" window.
  • Create any new folders you desire.
  • On the top menu bar, select "Edit", then "Message Filters".
  • On the "Message Filters" dialog box, make sure the correct message source is selected.
  • Select the "New" button to create a new filter.
  • On the "Filter Rules" dialog box:
    • Enter the desired "Filter name".
    • In the "Filter Criteria" section:
      • Select "Customize" in the left drop-down option.
      • In the "Customize ..." dialog box, select "New". In the "Custom Header" dialog box, type "X-SLUUG-MailScanner-SpamScore", then select "OK". Select "OK" again on the "Customize ..." dialog box.
      • Select "X-SLUUG-MailScanner-SpamScore" in the left drop-down option.
      • Select "contains" in the center drop-down option.
      • Enter "sssss" in the right value box. Use however many "stars" fit your needs.
    • In the "Filter action" section:
      • Select "Move to folder:" in the left drop-down option.
      • In the drop-down option listing folders, select the desired folder.
  • Repeat to create other rules with different number of stars if desired.
  • On the "Message Filters" dialog box use the up and down arrow buttons to put the rules with the most stars first.

 

Screen shots of a completed filter with two levels of stars

Netscape message filters
Netscape list of filters

 

Netscape filter for spam with 15 or more stars
Netscape filter for spam with 15 or more stars

 

Netscape filter for spam with 5 or more stars
Netscape filter for spam with 5 or more stars
 
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