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  • Definition of Spam?

    I posted this on forum-forum.com, and was looking for additional opinions as well.

    I run the largest Dave Matthews Band fansite on the net, almost 30,000 members. We offer downloads of live shows via our site. Recently there has been an increase in use of Bit Torrent to spread some shows (BT is a quasi-P2P application - the more ppl downloading, the more bandwidth to go around). While BT isn't an option for our site due to security issues, other sites have picked up this option and continue to host these files. That's all well and good - but users from these sites are coming over to my site and spamming the forum, with links to the threads with the .torrent attachments. The kick is, once users try to click the attachment, they are prompted to register in order to download it. I have no problem with requiring registration, but the fact that users are posting links to the thread, and not just attaching the .torrent file, bothers me, and makes me consider this spam.

    http://www.antsmarching.org/forum/s...&threadid=57568 That is a thread discussing this very issue. People don't seem to understand the logic I just stated. There seems to be a lot of competition in the online DMB community, and since we're the largest site, we seem to get hammered on the most, despite our intentions.

    Am I correct in treating this as spam?
    Matthew Yette
    [email protected]
    antsmarching.org - People in every direction

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    Spam is unsolicited advertising, although many people also refer to excessive posting as spamming. Does either apply to this situation?

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    • #3
      Now this is spam



      Scene: A cafe. One table is occupied by a group of Vikings with horned helmets on. A man and his wife enter.

      Man (Eric Idle): You sit here, dear.

      Wife (Graham Chapman in drag): All right.

      Man (to Waitress): Morning!

      Waitress (Terry Jones, in drag as a bit of a rat-bag): Morning!

      Man: Well, what've you got?

      Waitress: Well, there's egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam;

      Vikings (starting to chant): Spam spam spam spam...

      Waitress: ...spam spam spam egg and spam; spam spam spam spam spam spam baked beans spam spam spam...

      Vikings (singing): Spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam!

      Waitress: ...or Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.

      Wife: Have you got anything without spam?

      Waitress: Well, there's spam egg sausage and spam, that's not got much spam in it.

      Wife: I don't want ANY spam!

      Man: Why can't she have egg bacon spam and sausage?

      Wife: THAT'S got spam in it!

      Man: Hasn't got as much spam in it as spam egg sausage and spam, has it?

      Vikings: Spam spam spam spam (crescendo through next few lines)

      Wife: Could you do the egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam then?

      Waitress: Urgghh!

      Wife: What do you mean 'Urgghh'? I don't like spam!

      Vikings: Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!)

      Waitress: Shut up!

      Vikings: Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!

      Waitress: Shut up! (Vikings stop) Bloody Vikings! You can't have egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam.

      Wife (shrieks): I don't like spam!

      Man: Sshh, dear, don't cause a fuss. I'll have your spam. I love it. I'm having spam spam spam spam spam spam spam beaked beans spam spam spam and spam!

      Vikings (singing): Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!

      Waitress: Shut up!! Baked beans are off.

      Man: Well could I have her spam instead of the baked beans then?

      Waitress: You mean spam spam spam spam spam spam... (but it is too late and the Vikings drown her words)

      Vikings (singing elaborately): Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam! Spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam. Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Spam spam spam spam!

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      • #4
        You see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and say, "I'm fantastic in bed." -- That's Direct Marketing.

        You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a handsome guy. One of your friends goes up to him and pointing at you says, "She's fantastic in bed." -- That's Advertising.

        You see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and get his telephone number. The next day you call and say, "Hi, I'm fantastic in bed." -- That's Telemarketing.

        You're at a party and see a handsome guy. You get up and straighten your dress. You walk up to him and pour him a drink. You say, "May I," and reach up to straighten his tie brushing your breast lightly against his arm, and then say, "By the way, I'm fantastic in bed." -- That's Public Relations.

        You're at a party and see a handsome guy. He walks up to you and says, "I hear you're fantastic in bed." -- That's Brand Recognition.

        You're at a party and see a handsome guy. You talk him into going home with your friend. -- That's a Sales Rep.

        Your friend can't satisfy him so he calls you. -- That's Tech Support.

        You're on your way to a party when you realize that there could be handsome men in all these houses you're passing. So you climb onto the roof of one situated toward the center and shout at the top of your lungs, "I'm fantastic in bed!" -- That's Spam.

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        • #5
          "I know it when I see it"

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