A guide to Content Control in
Pegasus Mail and Mercury/32.

This document is last updated 23-December-2003.

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A Mercury Content Control set consists of four separate parts, each of which is edited in its own page within the Content Control editor dialog.

The "General" Page

Use this page to change the name that appears next to the definition in the list of definitions, and to define the types of mail to which the set should be applied.

The "Exceptions" Page

Use this page to create Blacklists, which identify senders whose mail should always be regarded as unacceptable, and Whitelists, which identify senders from whom you always want to accept mail.

The "Message Tests" Page

Use this page to maintain a set of rules that should be applied to mail messages that are not covered by either a whitelist or blacklist. The rules allow you to perform comprehensive tests on the actual content of the message, and can be linked together to create chains of tests. Each rule can have a weight, and after all the rules have been applied, Mercury adds up the combined weights of all the rules that matched the message: if the combined weight is greater than a value you specify, the message is marked as acceptable.

The "Actions" Page

On this page, you define what you want to happen to messages when they pass through the content control system. You can add headers to the message (which can later be detected by your filtering rules), and you can also choose other actions such as moving the message to a folder, forwarding it to another address, or deleting it.

 
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