123px So there has been occasions in the past where people are either unsure what spam is, or what qualifies as actual spam, so hopefully this blog will clear that up......
What is Spam?
When thinking of "spam" the first thing that comes to the minds of most is email spam. All those nasty annoying emails you never asked to receive that bombard your email inbox each and every day. Well that type of thing can also happen in chat.
Now sometimes it's hard to know just exactly what is spam and what isn't, so here's some examples of things that are acceptable.
Pasting various different links, especially when relevant to a conversation in chat, but not so close to each other they are back to back, so if a few minutes pass between links, or half a dozen to a dozen other people post, it's generally ok. However, if you are image searching for someone, it may be best to speak with them in private so as not to disrupt chat
A sudden and singular burst of excitement may be overlooked from time to time for instance:
OMGOMGOMG guess what?!?!?!
<insert 5 emoticons here> I missed chu!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe you have something lengthy to say, that will take up a good chunk of the chat screen, if it is in fact relevant to chat discussion it's best to give a heads up first. This has happened on occasions I needed to show users something, like when I was working on powers for the BC, I pasted the powers I'd come up with in chat, I first warned I was pasting, then pasted.
Text art that is small and doesn't take up much space and isn't done repeatedly
Please remember, especially users who have chat mod rights, breaking rules is not acceptable, you lead by example. Yelling at someone to stop yelling is counter-productive.
Spam can often be a grey area, it is up to the maturity of the RBs, Admins and Bcrats to differentiate between what is spam and what is tolerable behaviour. Occasionally someone gets excited to see someone and yells/hugs etc., that doesn't mean they should be punished harshly.