East of the Sun, West of the Moon



Filed under: Projects,Site,Software — Erwin @ 9:32 pm

Always fun, I redid the spam statistics page, almost entirely rewriting how I generate the actual graphs and just generally making it look a bit more appealing (I hope). It’s hard to believe I’ve been using this whitelist spam-blocking approach for nearly 3 years now. Just imagine how many spams I didn’t have to deal with that way, ouch!


  1. Hi, since I couldn’t find an email to contact you (I can see why, heh) I hope you’ll see my comment here. Anyway, I’m a cs student and I have a stat project coming due soon. I’ve been tracking my own spam statistics but you have way more data and probably a lot more variables to look at as well, which would be far more interesting to analyze. So, would you be willing to provide me with the raw data you use to derive your graphs so I can use them in my stat project? I would of course give you my results, would make an interesting addendum to your spam statistics page maybe.

    I hope you can get back to me soon, thanks for your time. I’m using my real and immediate email to post this comment, and you can peruse my own blog to determine for yourself if I’m a spam bot or not 😀 .

    Comment by kilo — 2007/12/4 @ 6:55 pm

  2. In the interests of privacy, I do not need any sort of identifying information; whatever sort of raw numbers you use to plot your graphs would be more than sufficient.

    I’ll be doing things like calculating standard deviations or comparing the effectiveness of your Thunderbird filter over time (if I’m reading your graphs right).

    Thanks for your time.

    Comment by kilo — 2007/12/4 @ 10:00 pm

  3. I’m considering your request. I need to check if I can actually retrieve the original Thunderbird data, because it originally was two accounts (my work account and my personal one), and later I added my wife’s data to the mix.

    What further complicates the situation is that my work email arrives via a server that now has a DS200 spam-blocking device in front of the real thing, but that wasn’t there when the statistics started.

    Are you still sure you want the data? 🙂

    Comment by Erwin — 2007/12/4 @ 10:14 pm

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