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Re: Jay's spamming the list. <-- Useful subject line makes it easy to delete what you don't care about.

It is easy to filter or delete emails, too.


From: tft-owner@brainiac.com [mailto:tft-owner@brainiac.com] On Behalf Of Rick Smith
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 7:44 PM
To: tft@brainiac.com
Subject: Jay's spamming the list. <-- Useful subject line makes it easy to delete what you don't care about.


Hi all,

  To some extent spam is in the eye of the beholder.  If I were to

receive an email saying that a new book on terraforming was now

being published - it would not be spam to me, but I am sure that 

most of you would think it spam.


  Matt felt that Jay's incomprehensible ramblings (and various snarky 

comments on them) were a waste of his time and so quit the list.


  As for can spam be art... I think not.  The essence of art is 

communicating something to the audience.  When I was writing the

design for the Computer Game, "Total Annihilation", I decided that I

wanted to communicate, in a simple form, the essence of combined

arms and military tactics.  I feel that the game succeeded because 

that aspect of the communication came thru the design & development.

An artist who's art moves no one; who says nothing other than to irritate 

others is not an artist but a vandal.  (Especially if he is painting 

property not his own.)



  Jay's verbal diarrhoea falls in the spam category to me.  It is not 

worth the time to figure out and it offends me.  It is hard work to 

write clearly & concisely, and someone who does not bother to try, 

is simply wasting everyone's time.  


  I delete Jay's emails unread.  I should figure out how to get my

spam filter to zap his emails, but not the TFT list in general.


  Jay would do better to either stop posting at all, or make an effort

to say something in a format which is worth people's time to read.

As it is, he is just teaching people to ignore him and driving people

off the list.


  Warm regards, Rick.



On 2016-10-12, at 4:18 PM, David Bofinger wrote:

The categories aren't mutually exclusive. A lot of street art - tagging, for instance - is basically spam.






On 13 October 2016 at 10:07, Geof Gibson <geofgibson@mac.com> wrote:

One might also consider Jay’s incoherent ramblings a form of art.


On Oct 12, 2016, at 12:15 PM, Jeffrey Vandine <jlv61560@yahoo.com> wrote:


This basically amounts to spam...