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From David B Funk <>
Subject using existing score value in new rule's score
Date Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:37:30 GMT
Is there a rule "score" syntax that allows you to use the score assigned to an 
existing rule to calculate the value assigned to another rule?

Specifically what I'm trying to do is to negate the "damage" a particular rule 
does for messages that meet particular local criteria.

For example: "HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_28" is a rule that will assign a modest number of 
points to a message that contains a small amount of HTML and an image.

What I want to do is to create a local rule:

describe L_HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_28_FIX       Fix damage from HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_28 for local O-365
score L_HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_28_FIX ( -1.0 * HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_28 )

Where if HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_28 fires and another rule which detects that the 
message was generated by a local Office-365 user, negate the score from the 

My problem is that our campus has switched the bulk of our user population to 
Office-365 and many outlook users like to "decorate" their messages with images 
(wall-paper, deparmental logos, etc).
When one of these people sends a short message (1~5 lines of text) in their 
outlook, it's not unusual for several of SA's rules to fire (EG 
DC_GIF_UNO_LARGO, HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_28, SARE_GIF_STOX, etc) which pushes the 
messages into spam score range.

I'd like to automate the un-doing of this damage w/o having to continually 
chase after changes in the scoring.
Thus the desire for syntax to calculate the score value. It doesn't have to be 
evaluated dynamically, just calculate the score at reload time.


Dave Funk                                  University of Iowa
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319/335-5751   FAX: 319/384-0549           1256 Seamans Center
Sys_admin/Postmaster/cell_admin            Iowa City, IA 52242-1527
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