Talk:spam

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The Turkish entry is written almost entirely in Turkish but should be in English. — Hippietrail 14:38, 10 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Anyone ever heard that "spam" as a computing term originated from the acronym, Simultaneously Posted Advertising Message(s) ? It's the only explanation I've ever heard as to its origin in computing.

The Monty Python derivation now mentioned in the article is well-accepted. I've never heard the backronym you suggest. Along those lines, I don't see any evidence for the "disputed" "Sliced Pressed American Meat", which just reeks of back-formation. The official SPAM home page has a time line showing the name "SPAM" being the winning entry in a contest for finding a new name for "spiced ham". The contest took place in 1937, well after WWI and before WWII, casting further doubt on the "military packaging" story. Further, googling "Sliced Pressed American Meat" finds only Wiktionary and its mirrors. And come on. "American Meat"? Having been burned myself falling for a military explanation of duck tape, I'm inclined just to remove this one. -dmh 16:49, 1 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Proper Noun/Adjective[edit]

Isn't 'SPAM' technically an adjective (that is what 'Wikipedia' says) (SPAM Luncheon Meat). Calling the meat just SPAM is a misuse, isn't it?

SPAM == Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages[edit]

Most internet communitys and people on IRC define spam as "Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages" ~ wikipedia:User:EvilHom3r

Backronyms often follow genuine slang. While that is interesting, it is misleading, as it implies that S.P.A.M. is an acronym, which it isn't. --Connel MacKenzie 03:39, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
Most Internet communities eh? That's a lot of communities, how could you possibly source such as statement with a credible source? Mglovesfun (talk) 17:01, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

Possible new sense[edit]

On YouTube the verb "spam" is often used to mean "mark as spam", e.g. (from two years ago) "i know this is going to get spammed but that was crap". He means "I know that my comment will be downvoted" (presumably because nobody on YouTube can stand criticism). Equinox 15:28, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

I refer to unsolicited telephone calls as spam too. Not sure it's a sense of spam though, just the way I use it. Not sure, so posting it here. Mglovesfun (talk) 17:00, 27 March 2013 (UTC)