SPAM == Unsolicited bulk email. It's simple
Posted Jun 15, 2006 14:26 UTC (Thu) by dwheeler
In reply to: SPF on vger
Parent article: SPF on vger
I completely disagree. Spam has a simple and clear meaning: "Unsolicited bulk email"; it's sometimes called "UBE" instead. "Bulk" perhaps is a little ambiguous, but if you're sending out more than 1000 copies of an email, and the receivers didn't request it (e.g., by joining a mailing list), you are a spammer sending spam.
Some spam has trojans, or other nasty stuff. It's a good idea to protect against other kinds of malicious email. But usually the malicious email is ALSO spam. If we could get rid of spam, we'd greatly reduce any other kind of problem as well on email.
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