Spam from gmail

Aahz aahz at
Thu Feb 25 01:56:04 CET 2010

In article <874ol65ep8.fsf at>,
Ben Finney  <ben+python at> wrote:
>aahz at (Aahz) writes:
>> In article <87sk8r5v2f.fsf at>,
>> Ben Finney  <ben+python at> wrote:
>>>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).
>> Moreover, by your definition, your post above counts as spam.
>No. Again, as several others have pointed out, discussions about how the
>forum should operate (meta-discussions, if you like) are on-topic in the

We already agreed that the original post was not appropriate for;
further discussion about the precise term for describing that post is
off-topic.  Therefore, by your definition, your post is spam.  My point
is that is somewhat tolerant of off-topic posts, and generally
people who contribute to the newsgroup are more likely to get a pass on
off-topic posts.
Aahz (aahz at           <*>

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