Understanding what is Spam,Spamming

Posted by Lady Shadow on December 28, 2015
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What is Spam / Spamming

I am sharing this as we had to remove somone for this type of issue. I share this so all will understand what is Spam, although I think most know

There are  various ways to spam to all which are forbidden here to.

Some do not know they spam, others do

This first peice may suprise some

Below the first peice  addressed to community  heads but it can apply to all

Spam is flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message, in an attempt to force t

As an online community manager, beware not to fall into the trap of spam. A lot of the people who spam online have no idea they’re spamming. They either think they’re sharing something very cool or that it’s okay because they’re being paid to do it by someone else who knows all the rules.

Of course, some unsavory people spam, know they spam, and don’t care that they do so, but some people are a little green and not sure how this whole online promotion thing works.

Here’s a good rule: If you’re jumping from network to network, community to community, blog to blog and dropping links and not doing much else, you’re spamming, not promoting.

It’s spamming when

  • You set up a Twitter search to ping you when certain words or keywords are mentioned so that you can immediately send a link to a sales page.

  • You send out mass e-mails that sell, without getting permission from each and every one on your mailing list.

  • You comment on a blog with a sales pitch and a link.

  • You stop in to a forum and say, “Hey! Check out my stuff!” with a link.

  • Your Twitter stream or Facebook status page is nothing but links.

  • You give a sales pitch to people without their permission.

On the other hand, it’s promoting when

  • You send your customers or community members a newsletter they have opted in to receive.

  • You have an active Twitter stream filled with conversations with friends and community members, and every now and then you share a link to a promotion or blog post — either yours or someone else’s.

  • You offer a discount code on your Facebook page.

  • You comment on blogs or forums without selling and use a link in the appropriate signature line.

  • You take the time to have a conversation with people, build up relationships, and every now and then invite those people to take part in a conversation or promotion within your community.

  • You give a public address and talk about what you do in a very brief bio synopsis or during the last PowerPoint slide.

Can you see the difference now? Spamming is when you’re pitching or selling to people without their permission. It’s when you make a pest of yourself and drop links at other communities without asking the host if it’s ok.

Promotion is when you have something to sell or share with others, but you do so in a way that’s not invasive or annoying.


he message on people who would not otherwise choose to receive it. Most spam is commercial advertising, often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services. Spam costs the sender very little to send — most of the costs are paid for by the recipient or the carriers rather than by the sender.

There are two main types of spam, and they have different effects on Internet users. Cancellable Usenet spam is a single message sent to 20 or more Usenet newsgroups. (Through long experience, Usenet users have found that any message posted to so many newsgroups is often not relevant to most or all of them.) Usenet spam is aimed at “lurkers”, people who read newsgroups but rarely or never post and give their address away. Usenet spam robs users of the utility of the newsgroups by overwhelming them with a barrage of advertising or other irrelevant posts. Furthermore, Usenet spam subverts the ability of system administrators and owners to manage the topics they accept on their systems.

Email spam targets individual users with direct mail messages. Email spam lists are often created by scanning Usenet postings, stealing Internet mailing lists, or searching the Web for addresses. Email spams typically cost users money out-of-pocket to receive. Many people – anyone with measured phone service – read or receive their mail while the meter is running, so to speak. Spam costs them additional money. On top of that, it costs money for ISPs and online services to transmit spam, and these costs are transmitted directly to subscribers.

One particularly nasty variant of email spam is sending spam to mailing lists (public or private email discussion forums.) Because many mailing lists limit activity to their subscribers, spammers will use automated tools to subscribe to as many mailing lists as possible, so that they can grab the lists of addresses, or use the mailing list as a direct target for their attacks.

(For more information about the origin of the term “spam”, and the formal definitions of Usenet spam, see J.D.Falk’s excellent Net Abuse FAQ)

Most of us get spam every day. Some of us get a little, and some of us get a lot, but if you have an e-mail account it is always there. For example, this morning, here’s one that came to my inbox:

Subject: Adobe Suppose we tell you that you could really lose up to 82% of your unwanted body fat and keep it off in just a few months, would you be interested? We certainly hope so! Please visit our web site – Click here!

Obviously this is spam, yet it made it through the spam filters and I opened it because the subject line made it unknowable whether it was spam or not.

Spam is incredibly annoying, especially in large quantities. If you have a public e-mail address you can receive hundreds of spam messages for every legitimate message that arrives. Even with good filters, some of the spam makes it through. And filters can sometimes delete messages that you really do want to receive. Spam is free speech run amok. ­

Where does all of this spam e-mail (also known as “unsolicited commercial e-mail”) come from? Why is there so much of it? Is there any way to stop it? In this article, we will answer these questions and many others as we take a dive into the sea of spam.

Spam is a huge problem for anyone who gets e-mail. According to Business Week magazine:

In a single day in May [2003], No. 1 Internet service provider AOL Time Warner (AOL ) blocked 2 billion spam messages — 88 per subscriber — from hitting its customers’ e-mail accounts. Microsoft (MSFT), which operates No. 2 Internet service provider MSN plus e-mail service Hotmail, says it blocks an average of 2.4 billion spams per day. According to research firm Radicati Group in Palo Alto, Calif., spam is expected to account for 45% of the 10.9 trillion messages sent around the world in 2003.

One of the problems with spam, and the reason why there is so much of it, is that it is so easy to create. ­

You could easily become a spammer yourself. Let’s say that you have a recipe from your grandmother for the best blueberry muffins ever created. A friend suggests that you sell the recipe for $5.

You decide that your friend might be on to something, so you send an e-mail to the 100 people in your personal e-mail address book with the subject line, “These Blueberry Muffins Have Been Described as Heaven — You Can Have the Recipe for $5!” Your e-mail contains a link to your blueberry muffin Web site. As a result of your 100 e-mails, you get two orders and make $10.

“Wow!” you think, “It cost me nothing to send those 100 e-mails, and I made $10. If I sent 1,000 e-mails I could make $100. If I sent a million e-mails I could make $100,000! I wonder where I could get a million e-mail addresses…”