Thoughts on Terry Zinks moves towards common metrics for mail-protection


Terry has just published part two of his paper. His spam definition prompted me to put in words something that I’ve been thinking for a while:

> Another defining characteristic of spam is volume; if it’s not in bulk, it’s not spam. Defining “bulk” is challenging, of course.

> The distinction between unsolicited and now-unwanted email is an important one.

> I have for years defined spam as bulk, unsolicited email with commercial intent. I’m starting to wonder whether the “commercial intent” qualifier is reasonable. A charity or political party that sends bulk, unsolicited email promoting itself should probably also be viewed as spamming.

> Perhaps “unsolicited email, in bulk” is now definition enough.


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