Penpals score changes not applied to spam score?

Chris Lajoie chris at
Fri May 6 20:35:48 CEST 2016

I'm not sure if penpals is working properly because the AM.PENPAL score 
adjustments aren't getting incorporated into the final X-Spam-Score...
Here's headers from someone's reply to me:

X-Spam-Score: 1.152
X-Spam-Level: *
X-Spam-Status: No, score=-6.844..1.152 tag=-9999 tag2=4 kill=6.5
	tests=[AM.PENPAL=-7.984, AM.PENPAL=-7.996, DKIM_SIGNED=0.1,
	autolearn=no autolearn_force=no

I have not been able to find documentation for the penpals feature so I'm not sure if this is expected behaviour. I see that in X-Spam-Status, it has "score=-6.844..1.152". I don't know what this is indicating. Also, I see two AM.PENPAL values in the tests... I'm not sure but perhaps this is because the email has multiple addresses in the To/CC headers... all of them are people I communicate with regularly.

In any case I would have expected the penpals feature to apply some negative value to the spam score, but it didn't. Why not?


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