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6.5   Esoteric Preferences

You can set esoteric SpamSieve preferences by clicking the links on this page. Unlike with regular preferences, you must generally quit and re-launch SpamSieve in order for an esoteric preference to take effect.

Normally, SpamSieve will create its standard set of whitelist and blocklist rules if it detects that they are missing. You can also turn this feature off if you prefer to manage the rules yourself.
With macOS 10.11 and later, Apple Mail shows messages that its junk filter (or a server filter) thinks are junk using a low-contrast brown/gold/yellow text color. Click here to have SpamSieve override this and display the messages with the traditional black text color; for the default low-contrast text color click here.
Please see the Faster Apple Mail Training section of the manual.
Normally, the Apple Mail plug-in will launch SpamSieve when Mail launches so that it’s ready to filter new messages as soon as they’re downloaded. You can also set it to only launch SpamSieve when it actually starts filtering messages.
Normally, when SpamSieve classifies an incoming message as spam, it tells Apple Mail that the message is junk. This makes sure that Mail will not display remote images for that message, thus protecting you from Web bugs. You can also tell SpamSieve not to mark the messages as junk. This will speed up mail filtering (especially on macOS 10.9), as it will reduce the amount of communication with the mail server.
When SpamSieve’s Dock icon is hidden, the Apple Mail plug-in normally adds a SpamSieve - Open Window command to Mail’s Message menu so that SpamSieve’s commands are still accessible. If the plug-in is not able to detect that the Dock icon is hidden, you can force it to show the Open Window command or revert back to auto-detection.
Normally, when you train a message as good in Apple Mail, SpamSieve preserves any colored flags. If you are using a rule (such as Example 3 in Spam Message Colors in Apple Mail) to set flags according to spamminess, you can also set SpamSieve to clear the flags when training a message as good.
Please see the Faster Apple Mail Training section of the manual.
Please see the Faster Apple Mail Training section of the manual.
Normally, when you train a message as good in Apple Mail, SpamSieve moves it to the inbox only if it’s in a Spam or Junk mailbox. This setting makes it always move the message to the inbox, which can be useful if (as can happen with Gmail) Mail tells SpamSieve that the message is in the Archive mailbox even though it was actually in the Junk mailbox.
When you train a message as spam, SpamSieve will normally disable any matching whitelist rules to allow messages like it to be caught as spam. You can also set SpamSieve not to do this, so that whitelist rules are locked on unless you manually uncheck them.
Normally, the Software Update… feature will clean up after itself after downloading a new version. You can also set it to leave the disk image file in your Downloads folder.
Normally, SpamSieve analyzes the contents of attached images and PDF files to help detect whether a message is spammy. You can turn off this feature if you find that corrupt files are confusing macOS’s imaging subsystems and leading to crashes.
As described in the Why are messages marked as spam in Apple Mail but not moved? section, an OS bug can sometimes cause Mail not to move spam messages out of the inbox if they were received right after the Mac woke from sleep. You can click here to enable a workaround where SpamSieve quit Mails when the Mac sleeps and relaunches it when the Mac wakes. Or click here to disable the workaround.
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