Too many shitlist threads, and other complaint threads, start off with the OP running around hysterically crying "scam", and that is wrong for several reasons. First, it's manipulative, and indicates the OP's intent to persuade people of someone's bad character and actions without actually giving any information that might demonstrate it. Second it's manipulative in that it attempts to make everyone else care about 2 people's problem, when in fact, when the details of the situation are (finally) made known, we don't care at all. We care about a scam, because a scammer might scam us, but if two dipshits screw up a business transaction because both of them are dipshits, then that's their problem and we are in no danger. A "scam", in my opinion, is a delibarate action with a direct intent to cheat or defraud. It doesn't necessarily have to start off that way, with one person planning to cheat another, but the sooner it starts, the more of a scam it is. If a pile of money happens to fall into one partner's lap, and he goes off on a Friday night and spends it on crack whores and bubblegum, that's not a "scam", that's someone impulsively deciding to steal something. Too many non-scams get called scams, and that waters-down the definition of the word. "The Community" cares about scams because it cares about protecting itself, and because of this it should also protect the definition of this word, and limit it's use to only those situations where it accurately describes them. In fact, I think that if an OP uses this word, and it is clear that the word is not accuate, OP's should be forced to take-back that word and admit it was inaccurate as part of the disciplinary/educational process. Also serves as an object lesson to anyone else that wants to use this word in an effort to artificially create support for their cause.