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6.8   Esoteric Preferences

You can set esoteric SpamSieve preferences by clicking the links on this page. Unlike with regular settings, 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 allowlist 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.
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. This setting is only available when using the SpamSieve Mail plug-in.
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. This setting is only available when using the SpamSieve Mail plug-in.
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.
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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