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Note that sometimes a spammer is actually TheShill or SockPuppet in disguise. Therefore, it is a good idea to totally ignore all spammers, just to be safe. Unfortunately, a website called Social Toaster is encouraging fans of various musicians and artists to spam for them in ways that haven't been seen in a long time, creating fandom armies of unwitting (or in some cases thoroughly willing) human spambots.

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Note that sometimes a spammer is actually TheShill shilling for TheCon or a SockPuppet in disguise. Therefore, it is a good idea to totally ignore all spammers, just to be safe. Unfortunately, a website called Social Toaster is encouraging fans of various musicians and artists to spam for them in ways that haven't been seen in a long time, creating fandom armies of unwitting (or in some cases thoroughly willing) human spambots.


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* [[InsufferableGenius Jason Fox]] from ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' has been known to do this, mostly by spamming his sister Paige's inbox with 21,752 messages telling her to "Purchase Jasonsoft's Spam-Block Software!"



* PostCount raising: Most message boards will record your number of posts and a person's post count is often a sign of how active they are in the community. Therefore, a person who wants to appear more active than they really are will [[AstroTurf make a large number of junk posts to artificially increase their number]]. Most message boards refer to this as "post count whoring" and actively discourage it, but it is still a common occurrence on many boards. On some forums linked with certain websites, desirable content is only available to those who have more than a certain post count.

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* PostCount [[ForumSpeak Post Count]] raising: Most message boards will record your number of posts and a person's post count is often a sign of how active they are in the community. Therefore, a person who wants to appear more active than they really are will [[AstroTurf make a large number of junk posts to artificially increase their number]]. Most message boards refer to this as "post count whoring" and actively discourage it, but it is still a common occurrence on many boards. On some forums linked with certain websites, desirable content is only available to those who have more than a certain post count.


* They don't have anything to say: Often spamming is [[HanlonsRazor a simple result of people lacking a good internal censor and simply disgorging the first meaningless phrase that enters their heads]]. This is the most common form of spamming and can involve everything from the insipid habit of the first person to reply to a thread posting nothing but "[[ForumSpeak First Post]]" to the hated MeToo. Either way, it's the forum equivalent of a half-empty can of diet coke.

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* They don't have anything to say: Often spamming is [[HanlonsRazor a simple result of people lacking a good internal censor and simply disgorging the first meaningless phrase that enters their heads]]. This is the most common form of spamming and can involve everything from the insipid habit of the first person to reply to a thread posting nothing but "[[ForumSpeak First Post]]" to the hated MeToo."[[ForumSpeak Me Too]]". Either way, it's the forum equivalent of a half-empty can of diet coke.


* They don't have anything to say: Often spamming is [[HanlonsRazor a simple result of people lacking a good internal censor and simply disgorging the first meaningless phrase that enters their heads]]. This is the most common form of spamming and can involve everything from the insipid habit of the first person to reply to a thread posting nothing but "UsefulNotes/FirstPost" to the hated MeToo. Either way, it's the forum equivalent of a half-empty can of diet coke.

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* They don't have anything to say: Often spamming is [[HanlonsRazor a simple result of people lacking a good internal censor and simply disgorging the first meaningless phrase that enters their heads]]. This is the most common form of spamming and can involve everything from the insipid habit of the first person to reply to a thread posting nothing but "UsefulNotes/FirstPost" "[[ForumSpeak First Post]]" to the hated MeToo. Either way, it's the forum equivalent of a half-empty can of diet coke.


* Similarly, some of the email Commander Shepherd receives in Mass Effect 2 is in-universe spam.

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* Similarly, some of the email Commander Shepherd receives in Mass Effect 2 ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is in-universe spam.


->''"Warning: This is without a doubt the most depraved, foul, insidious and malevolent of all possible evil professions. If you choose this job you will be hated by good [[EvenEvilHasStandards and evil-doers alike]], becoming the lowest of all possible lows, with vigilantes hunting you and entire religions springing up devoted to your destruction. And not without good reason.''
-> ''You will need: "Special $200 CD with email addresses lifted from USENET! [[FellOffTheBackOfATruck All completely legal! Really!]]"''
-> ''Also required: Overall worthlessness, wretched stench, complete and utter lameness, [[Literature/HeartOfDarkness heart of darkness]], unending depravity, [[TheSoulless lack of a soul]], [[ImprobablyLowIQ I.Q. the equivalent of pond scum]], and the charm of a three-day-dead rat left festering in the sun that even the maggots won't touch because it's so goddamn ugly and repulsive.''
-> ''We won't actually go into the details of this job [[YouDoNOTWantToKnow as it's far too disgusting]], even for us. Nevertheless, as a spammer you will now honestly be able to say your downfall from humanity is complete, that your eternal damnation is assured and that none exist who can surpass you in vileness.''

-> ''Now get away from me."''

->-- ''[[http://evil-guide.tripod.com/career.html So You've Decided To Become Evil]]'' on the Spammer

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->''"Warning: This is without a doubt the most depraved, foul, insidious and malevolent of all possible evil professions. If you choose this job you will be hated by good [[EvenEvilHasStandards and evil-doers alike]], alike, becoming the lowest of all possible lows, with vigilantes hunting you and entire religions springing up devoted to your destruction. And not without good reason.''
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''You will need: "Special $200 CD with email addresses lifted from USENET! [[FellOffTheBackOfATruck All completely legal! Really!]]"''
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Really!"''\\
''Also required: Overall worthlessness, wretched stench, complete and utter lameness, [[Literature/HeartOfDarkness heart of darkness]], darkness, unending depravity, [[TheSoulless lack of a soul]], [[ImprobablyLowIQ soul, I.Q. the equivalent of pond scum]], scum, and the charm of a three-day-dead rat left festering in the sun that even the maggots won't touch because it's so goddamn ugly and repulsive.''
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''We won't actually go into the details of this job [[YouDoNOTWantToKnow as it's far too disgusting]], disgusting, even for us. Nevertheless, as a spammer you will now honestly be able to say your downfall from humanity is complete, that your eternal damnation is assured and that none exist who can surpass you in vileness.''

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''Now get away from me."''

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''[[http://evil-guide.tripod.com/career.html So You've Decided To Become Evil]]'' on the Spammer


* Viper from ''Literature/SuperMinion'' has a tendency to use spam as a weapon. At one point she responds to a reporter covering an event with an [[FantasticRacism anti-mutant bias]] by putting a long post explaining why he's wrong, a dozen [[AstroTurf shorter posts from alt accounts upvoting and agreeing]], and another alt account [[AdHominem making fun of the reporter's hair]]

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* Viper from ''Literature/SuperMinion'' has a tendency to use spam as a weapon. At one point she responds to a reporter covering an event with an [[FantasticRacism anti-mutant bias]] by putting a long post explaining why he's wrong, a dozen [[AstroTurf shorter posts from alt accounts upvoting and agreeing]], and another alt account [[AdHominem making fun of the reporter's hair]]
hair]]. Imp also notes that if she gets mad, avoiding her in person won't help because she'll just sign you up for a huge array of spam email lists.



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* Viper from ''Literature/SuperMinion'' has a tendency to use spam as a weapon. At one point she responds to a reporter covering an event with an [[FantasticRacism anti-mutant bias]] by putting a long post explaining why he's wrong, a dozen [[AstroTurf shorter posts from alt accounts upvoting and agreeing]], and another alt account [[AdHominem making fun of the reporter's hair]]


In email slang, spam is when an email user sends the same message to a large number of people using an automated list, generally for scam or advertisement purposes. The Nigerian email scams of recent years are a good example. In order to spam an email account, the spammer must first get the email address by using a phishing site, spyware, hacking, or simply by buying it from a website you trusted more than you should have. Once they have your address, you can receive spam from them for years. However, [[WellThisIsNotThatTrope none of that matters]] because this entry is about the other kind of spammer.

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In email slang, spam is when an email user sends the same message to a large number of people using an automated list, generally for scam or advertisement purposes. The Nigerian email scams of recent years are a good example. In order to spam an email account, the spammer must first get the email address by using a phishing site, spyware, hacking, or simply by buying it from a website you trusted more than you should have. Once they have your address, you can receive spam from them for years. However, [[WellThisIsNotThatTrope none of that matters]] because this entry is about the other kind of spammer.
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In email slang, spam is when an email user sends the same message to a large number of people using an automated list, generally for scam or advertisement purposes. The Nigerian email scams of recent years are a good example. In order to spam an email account, the spammer must first get the email address by using a phishing site, spyware, hacking, or simply by buying it from a website you trusted more than you should have. Once they have your address, you can receive spam from them for years. However, [[ WellThisIsNotThatTrope none of that matters]] because this entry is about the other kind of spammer.

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In email slang, spam is when an email user sends the same message to a large number of people using an automated list, generally for scam or advertisement purposes. The Nigerian email scams of recent years are a good example. In order to spam an email account, the spammer must first get the email address by using a phishing site, spyware, hacking, or simply by buying it from a website you trusted more than you should have. Once they have your address, you can receive spam from them for years. However, [[ WellThisIsNotThatTrope [[WellThisIsNotThatTrope none of that matters]] because this entry is about the other kind of spammer.



* Trolling: Many {{Troll}}s will make a few junk posts to make themselves seem like real posters as a lead up to their attack. Others will spam as part of their attack. This can include posting one or two word messages in response to everyone's posts to infuriate them, or simply flooding the board with the same offensive message over and over again. Either way, it's seriously annoying.

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* Trolling: Many {{Troll}}s will make a few junk posts to make themselves seem like real posters as a lead up to their attack. Others will spam as part of their attack. This can include posting one or two word two-word messages in response to everyone's posts to infuriate them, or simply flooding the board with the same offensive message over and over again. Either way, it's seriously annoying.



* Quite a lot of forums have 'spam boards' these days, in which you'll usually find nothing but spam posts. Often, but not always, the posts in these boards don't count to your total. On these boards, the term 'spammer' is at least a compliment, at best a badge of honor.

Note that sometimes a spammer is actually TheShill or SockPuppet in disguise. Therefore, it is a good idea to totally ignore all spammers, just to be safe. Unfortunately, a website called Social Toaster is encouraging fans of various musicians and artists to spam for them in ways that haven't been seen in a long time, creating fandom armies of unwitting (or in some cases thoroughly willing) human spam bots.

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* Quite a lot of forums have 'spam boards' these days, in which you'll usually find nothing but spam posts. Often, but not always, the posts in on these boards don't count to your total. On these boards, the term 'spammer' is at least a compliment, at best a badge of honor.

Note that sometimes a spammer is actually TheShill or SockPuppet in disguise. Therefore, it is a good idea to totally ignore all spammers, just to be safe. Unfortunately, a website called Social Toaster is encouraging fans of various musicians and artists to spam for them in ways that haven't been seen in a long time, creating fandom armies of unwitting (or in some cases thoroughly willing) human spam bots.
spambots.


In email slang, spam is when an email user sends the same message to a large number of people using an automated list, generally for scam or advertisement purposes. The Nigerian email scams of recent years are a good example. In order to spam an email account, the spammer must first get the email address by using a phishing site, spyware, hacking, or simply by buying it from a website you trusted more than you should have. Once they have your address, you can receive spam from them for years. However, none of that matters because this entry is about the other kind of spammer.

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In email slang, spam is when an email user sends the same message to a large number of people using an automated list, generally for scam or advertisement purposes. The Nigerian email scams of recent years are a good example. In order to spam an email account, the spammer must first get the email address by using a phishing site, spyware, hacking, or simply by buying it from a website you trusted more than you should have. Once they have your address, you can receive spam from them for years. However, [[ WellThisIsNotThatTrope none of that matters matters]] because this entry is about the other kind of spammer.


* [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2005-06-23 This]] comic by ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'''s author.
* [[http://angband.calamarain.net/view.php?date=2006-08-25 This]] storyline in ''Webcomic/AngbandTalesFromThePit''.

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%% * [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2005-06-23 This]] comic by ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'''s author.
* [[http://angband.calamarain.net/view.php?date=2006-08-25 This]] net/Jul06-Dec06.html One]] storyline in ''Webcomic/AngbandTalesFromThePit''.''Webcomic/AngbandTalesFromThePit'' features a kobold that sends spam for stat-enhancers.

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* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', spamming is a '''[[https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-02-24 capital offense.]]'''
-->As early as the 21st century spammers were already less popular than defense attorneys, door-to-door fragrance salesmen, and the French. By the late 31st century they were held in the same regard as pedophiles and telemarketers.\\
The stigma was so powerful that Hormel was forced to rename their increasingly unpopular luncheon meat to "SPHLEGM" (Salted, Processed Ham and Lard. Edible? Gag a Maggot!)\\
Sales skyrocketed.
** Rather logical in this setting. Even it remains a misdemeanor, when you spam a galaxy-spanning internet -- and therefore have '''''TRILLIONS''''' of counts thereof -- the only way you can pay the resulting cumulative fines is by having your execution televised to all your victims. Spammers, TakeThat

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