----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Lucht" <[log in to unmask]>
> >One assumes - and hopes - that the idiot identified at "Peoples, Curtis"
> >has been forcibly unsubscribed from the list with prejudice.
> Give the man a break-and the benefit of the doubt. Mistakes/accidents
> I for one believe Curtis is sincere in his appology - he sent it twice
> afterall. Can't people be a little more forgiving and understanding
> jumping to conclusions.
The message in question is NOT technically spam...any more than a post
78's for sale would be (and probably less so). Spam is unsolicited
e-mail, sent out in bulk millions at a time (and sometimes posted to e-lists
subscribers who have subscribed only for that purpose)...this was a single
posted by an actual list subscriber, which happened to be a common hoax
If you define spam as "messages *I* don't need, or want, to read"...then
most of us
would find that between 50% and 90% on the traffic on any list fits that
However, spam...which now has a legal definition, if only to identify what
is defined as in the paragraph above. While lousy jokes, offers of unwanted
for sale, or lengthy discussions only of interest to a handful of concerned
subscribers may be a waste of bandwidth, they ain't spam...nor are
hoax messages or messages carrying a hundred-kilobyte image of some
Steven C. Barr