Getting feedback from users with IMAPSieve

The solution is very similar to Replacing antispam plugin with IMAPSieve, but instead of automatic learning it is supposed to store a copy of the message moved by user for further manual reviewing.

In the example below when any user moves a message into or from Junk folder, a copy of the message is placed into report_ham or report_spam folder of mailbox respectively. When a message located in Junk folder replied to or forwarded, a copy of the message is placed into report_spam_reply folder.


pigeonhole v0.4.14 or later


Create report_ham, report_spam and report_spam_reply folders in the mailbox.

Dovecot configuration


protocol imap {
  mail_plugins = $mail_plugins imap_sieve


plugin {
  sieve_plugins = sieve_imapsieve sieve_extprograms

  # From elsewhere to Spam folder or flag changed in Spam folder
  imapsieve_mailbox1_name = Junk
  imapsieve_mailbox1_causes = COPY FLAG
  imapsieve_mailbox1_before = file:/usr/local/etc/dovecot/sieve/report-spam.sieve

  # From Spam folder to elsewhere
  imapsieve_mailbox2_name = *
  imapsieve_mailbox2_from = Junk
  imapsieve_mailbox2_causes = COPY
  imapsieve_mailbox2_before = file:/usr/local/etc/dovecot/sieve/report-ham.sieve

  sieve_pipe_bin_dir = /usr/local/libexec/dovecot

  sieve_global_extensions = +vnd.dovecot.pipe

Sieve scripts


require ["vnd.dovecot.pipe", "copy", "imapsieve", "environment", "imap4flags"];

if environment :is "imap.cause" "COPY" {
    pipe :copy "dovecot-lda" [ "-d", "", "-m", "report_spam" ];

# Catch replied or forwarded spam
elsif anyof (allof (hasflag "\\Answered",
                    environment :contains "imap.changedflags" "\\Answered"),
             allof (hasflag "$Forwarded",
                    environment :contains "imap.changedflags" "$Forwarded")) {
    pipe :copy "dovecot-lda" [ "-d", "", "-m", "report_spam_reply" ];


require ["vnd.dovecot.pipe", "copy", "imapsieve", "environment", "variables"];

if environment :matches "imap.mailbox" "*" {
  set "mailbox" "${1}";

if string "${mailbox}" [ "Trash", "train_ham", "train_prob", "train_spam" ] {

pipe :copy "dovecot-lda" [ "-d", "", "-m", "report_ham" ];

Compile Sieve scripts:

# sievec /usr/local/etc/dovecot/sieve/report-spam.sieve
# sievec /usr/local/etc/dovecot/sieve/report-ham.sieve

Now copies of e-mail messages should be placed in the report_ham and report_spam folders of mailbox when user moves e-mails between folders.