Mr.Yuck Posted September 27, 2010 Share Posted September 27, 2010 No. It is not spam. Spam involves sending e-mails to lots and lots of people. Posting a note on a cache page is not spam. It does seem, however, to violate the commercial guidelines. And is very tacky. 'Spam' was originally defined as UCE or Unsolicited Commercial Email. In popular usage the term has expanded to any sort of unsolicited commercial pitch, typically in an area where commercial appeals are not typically used. In my experience it's not unusual for the the term 'spam' to be used in forums and the like for unsolicited appeals. Since this is an unsolicited commercial pitch in an area where commercial pitches are not the norm, it seems perfectly acceptable to call it 'spam'. Spam spam spam. I disagree. From what I know, Spam was first invented on Usenet by immigration lawyers. And it had nothing to do with email. That's OK though, Geocaching was invented on Usenet. And that one I'm sure of. I was a pretty active participant on usenet when that incident was going around. I also participated in a group that also included Seth Briedbart (and have met him IRL several times), the creator of the Briedbart Spam Index, a formula used to produce a tool that was used to cancel articles on usenet. Spam did predate the Canter/Siegel incident. I recall quite an uproar about one of the first ISPs (portal.com) automatically including their contact information in the footer of every usenet posting that was made from their servers). Canter/Siegel didn't just spam, but made an aggressive campaign to justify and encourage spamming on usenet. Interesting. I had dabbled in Usenet back then, but don't really remember their spam. But lots of people referenced it in the next few years after that. I believe the "University Diploma" spammer was most prevalent when I started to spend (too much) time on Usenet, probably 1996 or so. And I fondly remember the day there was absolutely no such thing as email spam, back when my email address was like a 15 digit number on Compuserve. But I see Eartha has weighed in. If Eartha thinks it's inappropriate, then it's inappropriate. I agree with the Gofster, no need to pile on the coin owner, who obviously made a bad choice. Quote Link to comment
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