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Re: What is SPAM? - was Re: Legislative Relief - was Re: Motion...
On Mon, 16 Oct 1995, Dave Siegel wrote: > > > I don't think we really want any more laws that criminalize ill defined > > > acts. > > > > Agreed. Until the net community defines what is spam and other unacceptable > > messaging, we have no foundation to build on. Can anyone define concisely > > what exactly is 'spam' ? Or this this possible? > > It is a meat-like substance which is delivered in a tin can. It can be quite > good for breakfast with eggs if you can stand the grease content. > > ;-) Sorry, couldn't resist. > > spam: Any posting which contains an advertisement of a product. > posting: Any peice of electronic material found either in a UseNet NewsGroup, > public mailing list (listserv), or a private mailing list. > > I really don't see what the big deal is in all this. > > -- > Dave Siegel President, RTD Systems & Networking, Inc. > (520)623-9663 Systems Consultant -- Unix, LANs, WANs, Cisco > [email protected] User Tracking & Acctg -- "Written by an ISP, > http://www.rtd.com/ for an ISP." > Is every email you send then a spam since it contains an ad for UTA? I don't think it is, but it is according to your definitions. IMHO, a bad definition. I am more favorable to the one that news.admin.* uses where anything which is posted to over X number of groups is spam (or velveeta if it follows a slightly different rule). SPAM should not be content based. If I sent out a copy of the bible to every single user on the internet (quite a feat to get the address list), I would consider that a spam, and I need not be advertising any product. Hell, if I sent everyone on the internet the letter "a" it would probably crash a few machines. So, what's the definition? Justin Newton * You have to change just to stay caught up. Vice President/ * System Administrator * Digital Gateway Systems *