1. Unwanted e-mail (usually of a commercial nature sent out in bulk)
Verb: spam (spammed, spamming)
1. Send unwanted or junk e-mail
1. A canned meat made largely from pork
Q. Why do I get sent junk email - how do spammers get my email address?
It costs the spammer next to nothing to send an email, so the more email addresses the spammer is able to spam, simply increases the chances of success. Even if the spammer gets a 99.99% failure rate, from sending out a cool million emails, that's still 100 successes!
Yes, unfortunately there are a few people who respond to adverts/spam they receive via email. So, as long as people respond and spamming continues to pay, the spammers will still continue to spam. Spam, spam, spam!
Q. But I can see my email address on the webpage, am I going to get spammed?!
If you were to read through the actual content of the page (the Page Source) you will see that there are no email addresses to be found! So, in theory, if you can't see them, then neither can the spider that crawls around the internet looking for email addresses.
Q. So, where does my email address come from?
All email addresses that you see on the Silver Fox Badminton Club website are protected in this way.
Update 12th Sept 2005... As added security all email address links have been removed and email addresses which appear on the page are partially converted to images in order to further hide them from spammers. This makes your email address completely safe, but unfortunately, as an end user you are no longer able click on the address to send an email, nor to cut 'n' paste it into your email program. The only way now to get an email address is to physically write it down with good ol' pen and paper.