Defining Spam – four ways

Mickey, ran this article today on the definitions of spam (as used by various anti-spammers), prompted by an ongoing discussion around the quality of several differnt blacklists being measured by DNSBL.com.

The four clasifications fall into these categories (identified by MickC);

Definition 1: “Mail that comes to my spamtrap addresses which was unasked for”. a.k.a. “unsolicited bulk email”

Definition 2: “mail which violates some legal standard”

Definition 3: “a source most blacklist users would identify as spam-source under the ‘Boulder Pledge’ or a similar notion.”

Definition 4: “mail my users (as a group) do not want.” or “mail that I do not want”.

For the full story and understanding of why these definitions are important to your email campaign read “Multiplying Goalposts“, Posted on November 8th, 2007 by MickC

Author: Matt V - @emailkarma

Matthew Vernhout is a digital messaging industry veteran and Certified International Privacy Professional (Canada) (CIPP/C) with nearly two decades of experience in email marketing. Matthew is 250ok’s Director of Privacy, and he is currently the Vice Chair of the eec, after serving for several years as the Chair of their Advocacy Subcommittee. Matthew was recognized as the 2019 eec thought-leader of the year.

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