Are signatures with URLs considered spam?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Nick, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. Nick

    Nick Guest

    I understand the point of using URLs as a reference to a certain subject
    being discussed, but using a signature with (many)URLs in_every_post, isn't
    it some kind of advertising (spam)?


    Nick, Oct 30, 2005
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  2. Nick

    Management Guest

    Not spam by definition. Advertising, yes in the widest sense.

    Management, Oct 30, 2005
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  3. This is off-topic for this newsgroup. Beter whould be a group about
    ethics/moral in this respect.

    Next having URLs in your signature does not imply advertising. Advertising
    does not imply spam. Theirfor URLs in your signature does not imply
    spamming. Therefor you statement is not always true. Thus the answer you are
    looking for is very debatable, especially since 'spam' is a very vague word.
    More importantly it is specific for each person asked.

    Perhaps you are seeking for an answer to the off-topic discussion in the
    "Banned URL" thread?

    - Joris
    Joris Dobbelsteen, Oct 30, 2005
  4. Many is a term of art.* And advertising seems to imply, at least when
    it is offensive, a goal of selling something. I put some information
    in my sig regarding a political issue. I don't see why that offends so
    many people.

    *Unless we are trolls, in which case "many" is four: one, two, three,
    many, many one, many two, ... lots.

    Matt Silberstein

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    Matt Silberstein, Oct 30, 2005
  5. Nick

    Jim Watt Guest

    Long signatures, even witty ones quicky become tedious and may
    be interepreted as spam. Some newsgroups complain if its longer than
    a certain number of lines - post a long sig to demon.local and see the
    fun. Keep it short ... (quickly checking mine)
    Jim Watt, Oct 30, 2005
  6. Nick

    Steve Welsh Guest

    How can a single "href" type URL in an e-mail sig possibly be regarded
    as SPAM?

    I can understand that ISPs have to take a view, because they may (or may
    not) intercept many SPAM mails in connection with that URL.

    But, FFS, hot under the collar, or what! A URL in a sig file is going to
    consume, what - about 100 BYTES for the link, plus maybe another 50
    BYTES for the description = total 150 BYTES.

    Now, I don't personally call that SPAM! If people are stoopid enough to
    follow the link and get a shed-load of trouble, that is their problem.

    As far as I am concerned, SPAM is a full heads-up e-mail about teen-sex,
    viagra, politics, whatever that lands in my REAL e-mail In Box that I
    don't want, and never requested!

    I have followed a number of `sig file' URLs off this and other
    discussion groups, and found much interesting and useful information
    (thanks, Jim), but *that was my choice*.

    I guess it comes down to `Big Brother Is Watching You' - and I don't
    particularly like any form of `Big Brother' watching me....

    Steve Welsh, Oct 30, 2005
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