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@example.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).