Counts vs. Many
Thu Sep 26 20:10:43 UTC 2002

The thought occurred to me that there may be a limit to the usefulness of
reporting the number of times an email was received as an absolute number.
Specifically, it may have problems scaling.

For example: If a small server starts exchanging checksums with a very large
server, the user's thresholds as absolute numbers would no longer have the
same affect.

Would it be possible for the server to return both the count, as well as
some sort of metric indicating the significance of the count?

The simplest thing would be to just report the number of checksums in the
The user could then make a decision based on a ratio.

Alternatively, it could also incorporate the average age of the checksums in
the database or whatever.

Just a thought.


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