Spam from gmail

Steve Holden steve at
Wed Feb 24 22:06:22 CET 2010

Aahz wrote:
> In article <87sk8r5v2f.fsf at>,
> Ben Finney  <ben+python at> wrote:
>> aahz at (Aahz) writes:
>>> Joan Miller is a regular poster; this is off-topic, but it's not spam.
>> Non sequitur. Spam is spam, not by who authors or posts it, but by its
>> distribution (to many people, e.g. via a forum like this one) and its
>> content (off-topic and unsolicited).
>> The message is important, its poster is a regular here; that doesn't
>> stop the message being spam when posted here.
> That seems to miss the point to some extent.  If I post my recipe for
> spinach lasagne here, is that spam?  I don't think many people would call
> it spam, just an off-topic post.  From my POV, spam is defined a bit more
> narrowly.

Spam is, at least from my point of view, UCE: unsolicited commercial
e-mail. So anything that isn't commercial (like those "send these to ten
of your friends" emails) isn't spam (but it might just as well be).

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