On 02/06/2018 07:43 PM, jdow wrote:
On 20180206 16:56, Miles Fidelman wrote:

On 2/6/18 2:47 PM, Anne P. Mitchell Esq. wrote:
I know the definition of spam is very subjective and dependent on your particular the mail flow along with the expectations of the recipients.

Back when I was in-house counsel at MAPS, Paul (Vixie) and I came up with this definition of spam:

“An electronic message is “spam” IF: (1) the recipient’s personal identity and context are irrelevant because the message is equally applicable to many other potential recipients; AND (2) the recipient has not verifiably granted deliberate, explicit, and still-revocable permission for it to be sent; AND (3) the transmission and reception of the message appears to the recipient to give a disproportionate benefit to the sender.”

I think that it still holds up.

Not bad at all.  Actually, quite good!

(Of course, the old definition of pornography also holds:  "I know it when I see it." :-)

Miles Fidelman

"Spam is email *I* don't want to see and never asked for."

Hypothetical question: If you signed up for a new account on a website and they had a small checkbox that was enabled to receive emails from them and you didn't see it to uncheck it, when you get an email from them a month later, is that spam?

Technically, you asked for the email and they have a valid opt-out process that will stop sending you email. Yes, the site has scummy practices but that is not spam by my definition.

Users often sign up for things and then a few months or years later they no longer want it so they call it spam. That is unwanted ham and not spam by my definition.

David Jones

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