What is SPAM? - was Re: Legislative Relief - was Re: Motion...
justin at rainbow.dgsys.com
Wed Oct 18 06:28:49 UTC 1995
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
> dsiegel at rtd.com 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?
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