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Thread: What is spam?
09-13-2004, 05:27 PM #1denisGuest
What is spam?
Spam is flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message, in
an attempt to force the message on people who would not otherwise
choose to receive it. Most spam is commercial advertising, often for dubious
products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services. Spam costs the
sender very little to send -- most of the costs are paid for by the recipient
or the carriers rather than by the sender.
There are two main types of spam, and they have different effects on Internet users. Cancellable Usenet spam is a single message sent to 20 or
more Usenet newsgroups. (Through long experience, Usenet users have
found that any message posted to so many newsgroups is often not relevant
to most or all of them.) Usenet spam is aimed at "lurkers", people who read
newsgroups but rarely or never post and give their address away. Usenet
spam robs users of the utility of the newsgroups by overwhelming them
with a barrage of advertising or other irrelevant posts. Furthermore, Usenet
spam subverts the ability of system administrators and owners to manage
the topics they accept on their systems.
Email spam targets individual users with direct mail messages. Email spam
lists are often created by scanning Usenet postings, stealing Internet
mailing lists, or searching the Web for addresses. Email spams typically cost
users money out-of-pocket to receive. Many people - anyone with measured
phone service - read or receive their mail while the meter is running, so to
speak. Spam costs them additional money. On top of that, it costs money
for ISPs and online services to transmit spam, and these costs are
transmitted directly to subscribers.
One particularly nasty variant of email spam is sending spam to mailing lists
(public or private email discussion forums.) Because many mailing lists limit
activity to their subscribers, spammers will use automated tools to subscribe
to as many mailing lists as possible, so that they can grab the lists of
addresses, or use the mailing list as a direct target for their attacks.
09-14-2004, 05:41 AM #2flumpsGuest
just to add onto this really:
Electronic junk mail or junk newsgroup postings. Some people define spam even more generally as any unsolicited e-mail. However, if a long-lost brother finds your e-mail address and sends you a message, this could hardly be called spam, even though it's unsolicited. Real spam is generally e-mail advertising for some product sent to a mailing list or newsgroup. In addition to wasting people's time with unwanted e-mail, spam also eats up a lot of network bandwidth. Consequently, there are many organizations, as well as individuals, who have taken it upon themselves to fight spam with a variety of techniques. But because the Internet is public, there is really little that can be done to prevent spam, just as it is impossible to prevent junk mail. However, some online services have instituted policies to prevent spammers from spamming their subscribers.
There is some debate about the source of the term, but the generally accepted version is that it comes from the Monty Python song, "Spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, lovely spam, wonderful spamů" Like the song, spam is an endless repetition of worthless text. Another school of thought maintains that it comes from the computer group lab at the University of Southern California who gave it the name because it has many of the same characteristics as the lunchmeat Spam:
- Nobody wants it or ever asks for it.
- No one ever eats it; it is the first item to be pushed to the side when eating the entree.
- Sometimes it is actually tasty, like 1% of junk mail that is really useful to some people.
09-15-2004, 02:55 AM #3
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I don't click spam links as a matter of principle wether or not they are useuful, I think the same can apply to meat spam.
Also a little sidenote: someone may refer to a certain forum posts been spammy, this usually refers to pointless one liners, and excessive posting....
09-15-2004, 11:43 PM #4HelluvaHostGuest
and I now know what spam is ;-) jk
09-16-2004, 06:36 AM #5
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What spam the meat or spam the digital nusicance... J/K