Have you been hit with spam, hard? By definition, spam is the flooding of the Internet with many copies of the same message, in an attempt to force the message on people who would not otherwise choose to receive it. Most spam is commercial advertising, often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services.
Spam costs the sender very little to send — most of the costs are paid for by the recipient or the carriers rather than by the sender. I remember when our office was hit with a virus, the spam emails kept getting into my inbox by the second. It was pure floodsville. There was just too many emails coming in per second and they all contained the same message. Very annoying.
In blogging, content management systems (CMS) can also get spam. In my case, I kept receiving the same comments to moderate. Luckily, there are plugins for WordPress that can minimize and control the influx of spam comments coming into my blog. WP Spam Free is a good plugin with a variety of spam control options. I recently tweaked two options to try and minimize the spam comments that have plagued by blogs recently. I hope it is effective. Spam is annoying. And nobody wants to receive any of it.