The blockchain spam debate is rearing up again with similar arguments and divisions. To come to some clarity on the subject it is first important to understand that participants are not even talking about the same thing that both call “spam”. The word spam is being used in two contexts, and for lack of a better description let’s call these contexts “humanist” and “machinist”.

In the humanist approach, a person looks at a transaction within the wider ecosystem and concludes that it is spam because it was created in attempt to stress or break the network, because it encourages incorrect blockchain…