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  1. Is there a way for filters (in custom views) to use wildcards?

    Especially for news subjects, I'd like to be able to reject (via a
    custom view) items with a subject that matches some wildcards (e.g. a ?
    or * or . to stand for any character, or even perl-like regular
    expressions). Is there some way to do this?

    It is so I can reject subjects like:

    M.I,5`Persecu tion ` M olestation d uring Trav el

    and

    M,I-5,Persecu tion MI5 a re Afr aid to Admit T heyre Behind t he
    Persecutio n

    by having a rule that the subject does not contain: M?I?5?Pe

    In fact there are a few limitations with the selection method that I may
    as well mention here (some of which duplicate things I posted in
    nozilla.wishlist 05/05/2007), as seen in my linux 2.0.0.12 version, in
    case anyone is working on it...

    1. Cannot specify "does NOT contain" for many header fields (that I
    added), only "contain", "begins with", etc.

    2. Having the option of the Body containing this or that simply does not
    work for newsgroup messages (I can see why, but maybe it should have a
    warning).

    3. There should be some interaction between (custom) views and the junk
    facility - I should be able to click on "Junk" and the message
    disappears in every newsgroup it is cross-posted to, and it should
    optionally allow some appropriate rule to be added to something like a
    "not junk" view based on the sender or the subject. So a good "kill
    file" facility.

    4. I suspect having lots of filter rules makes it quite slow. Something
    is certainly making it very slow.

    5. Some method of counting cross-posts, etc would be good (especially if
    I could produce a score for each posting, where lots of cross-posting
    pushes the score in the "junk" direction.



    Mark.

  2. Re: Is there a way for filters (in custom views) to use wildcards?

    Mark Aitchison wrote:
    > Especially for news subjects, I'd like to be able to reject (via a
    > custom view) items with a subject that matches some wildcards (e.g. a ?
    > or * or . to stand for any character, or even perl-like regular
    > expressions). Is there some way to do this?


    There is a bug at https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=19442 to
    add this very feature.

    > It is so I can reject subjects like:
    >
    > M.I,5`Persecu tion ` M olestation d uring Trav el
    >
    > and
    >
    > M,I-5,Persecu tion MI5 a re Afr aid to Admit T heyre Behind t he
    > Persecutio n
    >
    > by having a rule that the subject does not contain: M?I?5?Pe


    The MI5 prosecution spams? I believe those can be filtered out by the
    `From' header...

  3. Re: Is there a way for filters (in custom views) to use wildcards?

    *-* On Wed, 30 Apr 2008, at 17:31:05 +1200,
    *-* In Article P5OdnUf30fGHmYXVnZ2dnUVZ_gqdnZ2d@mozilla.org,
    *-* Mark Aitchison wrote
    *-* About Is there a way for filters (in custom views) to use wildcards?

    > Especially for news subjects, I'd like to be able to reject (via a
    > custom view) items with a subject that matches some wildcards (e.g.
    > a ? or * or . to stand for any character, or even perl-like regular
    > expressions). Is there some way to do this?


    > It is so I can reject subjects like:


    > M.I,5`Persecu tion ` M olestation d uring Trav el


    > and


    > M,I-5,Persecu tion MI5 a re Afr aid to Admit T heyre Behind
    > t he Persecutio n


    > by having a rule that the subject does not contain: M?I?5?Pe


    I'm not familiar with custom views, but this past January there
    was a thread with the subject "Can posts be filtered globally?" which
    addressed the matter of filtering the "munged" MI5 posts that were
    infesting newsgroups at the time. You might want to read through that
    thread for ideas on how to do this.

    As a result of that thread, here's what I came up with:

    Select the newsgroup or server you wish to filter, click "New..." and
    give the filter a name. Then:

    For incoming messages that:
    Match *all* of the following

    Subject begins with M +
    Subject contains I +
    Subject contains 5 +
    Subject contains P +
    Subject contains e +
    Subject contains r +
    Subject contains s +
    Subject contains c +
    Subject contains u +
    Subject contains t

    Perform these actions:

    Delete Message

    If you want to also filter out any replies to these posts, create
    a second filter similar to the above, except that the first criterion
    should be:

    Subject begins with Re: M +

    with everything else (except the filter name) the same.

    Ken Whiton

    FIDO: 1:132/152
    InterNet: kenwhiton@surfglobal.net.INVAL (remove the obvious to reply)

  4. Re: Is there a way for filters (in custom views) to use wildcards?

    *-* On Wed, 30 Apr 2008, at 13:02:20 -0400,
    *-* In Article 1vadnTv8VbOBO4XVnZ2dnUVZ_tXinZ2d@mozilla.org,
    *-* Joshua Cranmer wrote
    *-* About Re: Is there a way for filters (in custom views) to use
    wildcards?

    > Mark Aitchison wrote:


    [ ... ]

    >> It is so I can reject subjects like:


    >> M.I,5`Persecu tion ` M olestation d uring Trav el


    >> and


    >> M,I-5,Persecu tion MI5 a re Afr aid to Admit T heyre Behind t he
    >> Persecutio n


    >> by having a rule that the subject does not contain: M?I?5?Pe


    > The MI5 prosecution spams? I believe those can be filtered out by
    > the `From' header...


    That used to be the case, but the flood that appeared last
    December and January used multiple, changing, semi-random sender
    names, making filtering on the "From:" header difficult, if not
    impossible. It also used "munged" "Subject:" lines, similar to those
    Mark gave above.

    Ken Whiton

    FIDO: 1:132/152
    InterNet: kenwhiton@surfglobal.net.INVAL (remove the obvious to reply)

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