A set of rules generated from a discussion in the newsgroup news.admin.net-abuse.email (NANAE).
The newsgroup news.admin.net-abuse.email has a long history of dealing with Unsollicited Bulk Email (spam)
and those who send it, the spammers.
In the history of the group,
in discussing how spammers justify their dirty work,
sometimes directly with spammers posting in the group,
a common set of rules became evident.
Rule #0: Spam is theft.
- Angels's commentary: Spammers believe it's okay to steal a little bit from each person on the Internet at once.
Rule #1: Spammers lie.
- Russel's admonition: Always assume that there is a measurable chance that the entity you are dealing with is a spammer.
- Lexical contradiction: Spammers will redefine any term in order to disguise their abuse of Internet resources.
- Sharp's corollary: Spammers attempt to re-define "spamming" as that which they do not do.
- Finnell's corollary: Spammers define "remove" as "validate."
Rule #2: If a spammer seems to be telling the truth, see Rule #1.
- Crissman's corollary: A spammer, when caught, blames his victims.
- Moore's corollary: Spammers' lies are seldom questioned by mainstream media.
Rule #3: Spammers are stupid.
- Krueger's corollary: Spammer lies are really stupid.
- Pickett's commentary: Spammer lies are boring.
- Russell's corollary: Never underestimate the stupidity of spammers.
- Spinosa's corollary: Spammers assume everybody is more stupid than themselves.
- Spammer's standard of discourse: Threats and intimidation trump facts and logic.
Rule #4: The natural course of a spamming business is to go bankrupt.Rules-Keepr Shaffer's refrain: Spammers routinely prove the Rules of Spam are valid.
It has been noted that the Rules of Spam are equally applicable to spam-supporters, spam-tolerant ISPs, and various others who directly or indirectly profit from spam.
The Rules also apply to those people (such as candidates for political office, solicitors for "worthy" causes, propagators of religious faiths, etc.) who deem their message to be of such overwhelming importance that it utterly transcends the rights of others to have the sole and uninhibited enjoyment of their personal property.
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