NEOCHAT - When you hear the word "spam," what is the first thing you think
of? The infamous blue-labeled can? The true meaning behind the acronym: Stuff
Posing As Meat?
The real question is, did anyone here think of chatboards? No? *sighs* I didn't
think so. What does spam have to do with chatboards? Read on and you'll find
The History of Spam
What is spam? The term apparently originated from a restaurant featured in
a skit on a very famous British television show where every item on the menu
contains the infamous canned meat by the same name. To make matters more complicated,
a table of Vikings keep singing the word "spam" over and over so loudly that
the customers around them cannot get a word in edgewise to order something on
the menu (preferably without spam).
The word "spam" is now defined as flooding the Internet with many copies of
the same message, in the hopes of forcing it on those who would otherwise choose
not to read it - just as the Vikings did in the restaurant, distracting the
other patrons. Spammers are people who spam. Still confused? I'll put it a different
You may have heard of "spam mail" cluttering up someone's e-mail inbox in just
the same way that all those useless junk mail flyers for new credit cards, this
month's newest brand of smelly cat food, and weasel wrangling services fill
up your mailbox when you go off on a trip for a week.
It is a known fact that most people who get these kind of flyers in their mail
rarely, if ever, look at them before immediately walking over to the nearest
trashcan - erm, recycling bin - to throw them away; if it's winter, the spam
mail will be shoveled into the fireplace in great loads to feed the fire and
keep the house warm.
Okay, okay, I was just kidding about that last part - not necessarily that
you would, but you could, because that's how much spam is out there.
Have we got this sorted out? Good! If not, go back and reread this section,
and all should soon become clear.
Chatboard Spam and What YOU Can Do About It
But what, I'm sure you're asking, does spam have to do with chatboards? Well,
to put it bluntly, everything.
Chatboard spam is classified into many different groups, but it is basically
any sort of message that does not belong on the particular board it is posted
on. Still confused? Why don't you go take a good look at the chatboards.
First, note the message at the top of many boards; in a nutshell, it amounts
to "Thou shalt NOT post on this board if thy message be not relevant to the
That sounds pretty imposing… no spam here, right? Wrong - scroll down the page
and take an actual look at the messages. Chances are good - VERY good, in fact
- that most, if not all, of the messages at any given time really have nothing
to do with the game at all.
For those of you who don't have access to the chatboards, I'll pick out a few
random messages for your pleasure:
- I need "Train Koi" fast!!!
- REWARD for 1st to tell when and where William Chiapot died!!!
- Come to my shop! HUGE SALE!!! Everything only 100 NP !!!
- Plz vote for my hand drawn baby usul! Only need 72 more votes!!
However, this problem is not just restricted to one or two chatboards; almost
every board you look at has the same spam.
The spam on these chatboards can sometimes become so thick that it shoves relevant
posts off the screen faster than the eye can see, making casual chat nearly
Unlike e-mail spam, these spam messages cannot be deleted; you must simply
put up with them until they either run off the edge of the board or are deleted
by a member of the Neopets team with the proper authority to do so (known as
The worst part of this problem is that the spam could easily be avoided - all
of the messages I listed in the section above all have their own appropriate
boards to post on, whether it be Help, Quests, General Chat, Beauty Contest,
or Shop/Trading Post Ads.
This spam problem cannot be solved on its own; I've found that most of the
time, the spammers who post these kind of messages are simply confused or don't
know any better - such as Quest ads being posted on the NeoQuest board because
of the name. The only way the spam levels on the chatboards can be reduced is
So if you do see a spam post on the wrong board, Neomail the spammer and kindly
remind them that they have posted on the wrong board and politely redirect them
to the correct chatroom.
There's nothing wrong with advertising your shop or asking for votes in the
Beauty Contest, but please, keep your messages to the boards designated for
that kind of thing. Otherwise you're not only cluttering up the wrong boards
with messages people will ignore, but also making conversation difficult for
others - which *is* what chatboards are for. Always remember: spam is more
than just meat.
This is starhamster42, signing off. Happy chatting!