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Re: What is SPAM? - was Re: Legislative Relief - was Re: Motion...
From: cat () system9 unisys com (Cat Okita)
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 10:21:20 -0400

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 () rtd com                     User Tracking & Acctg -- "Written by an ISP, 
http://www.rtd.com/                                            for an ISP."

This email has an advertisement in it - it's for RTD Systems & Networking.
Should we call this spam???

Perhaps a more appropriate definition would be:

spam: A posting to multiple newsgroup/mailing lists/? which contains
        as its greater part an advertisement of a product and/or is
        with regards to a topic of no relevance to the forums in which
        it has been posted.

Spamming is not entirely commercial - I can't agree that the various
obscene postings/mailings which appear in the same manner as spams
like the magazine spam are commercial (aimed at titilating the poster,
perhaps, but not at creating a profit for the poster).


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