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What is really spam?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by gvncerri, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. gvncerri

    gvncerri Regular Member

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    It seems that it can be anything or nothing. It seems that anyone may use his/her personal definition. I seems that virtually anything could be called spam lol.

    Edit: some people below didn't catch my sarcasm. I'm not really asking
     
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    Storia Buona, Fratello
     
  3. puneetas3

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    This is Spam. nuff said!
     
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    proxygo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    if your on a seo site and have to ask
    what spam is, ya shouldnt be here
     
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  5. WizGizmo

    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    This is Spam:

    spam2.jpg

    From Wikipedia:

    Spam (its name a portmanteau of the words "Spiced" and "Ham")[1] is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation, first introduced in 1937. The labeled ingredients in the classic variety of Spam are chopped pork shoulder meat, with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, and sodium nitrite as a preservative. Spam's gelatinous glaze, or aspic, forms from the cooling of meat stock.[2] The product has become part of many jokes and urban legends about mystery meat, which has made it part of pop culture and folklore.[3] Through a Monty Python sketch, in which Spam is portrayed as ubiquitous and inescapable, its name has come to be given to electronic spam, including spam email.

    In 2007, the seven billionth can of Spam was sold.[4] On average, 3.8 cans are consumed every second in the United States

    That is what is REALLY Spam :D

    Cheers! - "Wiz"
     
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  6. proxygo

    proxygo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    and wiz nailed it on the head as ever.
    but that made my day an seo site member asking
    what spam really is.

    that be like me being online since 97 and asking,
    so what is a space bar ? a night club? rofl
     
  7. Codythebest

    Codythebest Senior Member

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    I tend to agree with this answer, but I'll add something like " or not made for" after the word unwanted.
    So if you make a forum profile in the profile of a forum, it difficult to call it spam, because that's what the forum want since the profile page is existing and it's not unwanted either.
    Make 500 ads on ebay per day, you're not spamming. Make the same ads on a blog comments and you're spamming. Make those same 500 ads on CL and you're not spamming either, it's an ads site and they do want ads, that's what the site is for.
    So it's kind of difficult to define.
     
  8. cabraska

    cabraska Newbie

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    You spam a lot don't you? (we all do) ;)
     
  9. Falian

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    Spam is what makes a select few very rich ;)
     
  10. gvncerri

    gvncerri Regular Member

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    I'm not really asking guys. I'm just laughing at this: in many places, even if you provide value and high quality solutions to a particular problem, if you add your link it would be considered as spam!!!
     
  11. 2011nfl

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    Well, that is spam. You're spamming your link. No matter the quality of the post, you're still spamming the link. IMO
     
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    Heres a better definition of spam. This person is spamming all of our ancient cl threads as we speak. kajol0856
     
  13. CyberknightTully

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    To a great extent, you are correct though as the term "spam" is so overused as to be nearly meaningless, however for the Noobs among us here are a few links to how various governments define "spam".

    By the way, The USA CAN-SPAM law allows for prosecutions of even offshore spammers, unlike some of the other laws.

    The USA CAN-SPAM Act:

    http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus61-can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business/

    Canadian Spam Laws:

    http://fightspam.gc.ca/eic/site/030.nsf/eng/home

    UK Spam Laws:

    http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_the_public/topic_specific_guides/online/spam_emails.aspx

    Italian Spam Law:

    http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/spam/legislation/legislation_italy_old.html

    Spam?

    Use it on sandwiches, don't send it!
     
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  14. JimmyWong

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    I define spam as:

    - Something of poor quality or value to the reciever
    - In abudance
    - Unwanted
     
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    SPAM is poorly targeted material in the eyes of the receiver.
     
  16. Falian

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    Spam is in the eyes of the beholder.
     
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  17. cabraska

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    lol... well said.
     
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    Promoting something in a socially unacceptable way/by breaking social rules/laws.
     
  19. gvncerri

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    OK some minutes ago I had a sort of enlightenment and I came up with the perfect definition of spam:

    Any link that you place without paying the giants (Google Adwords, Facebook Ads, Yahoo Advertising)
     
  20. williamk

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    I agree with SPAM. As for internet spam I think only unsolicited email is spam. And other stuff we do for SEO is Just "Marketing". Also if you disagree, then you might want to go to other forums. Warrior forum for example.