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The derogatory term shovelware ( German "Schaufel-Ware") refers to software that is known more for the quantity of programs and less for quality or utility.

The term is mostly used for software on CD-ROMs , the large capacity of which leads some producers to fill it with all kinds of data (example: 20 different image converters, all of which do roughly the same thing) so that they can handle the large volume advertise the product.

The designation was formed analogously to freeware , shareware etc. Instead of selecting the programs and integrating them into the CD, they were simply "shoveled onto" without looking closely.

In journalism , the transfer of content without customization is also referred to as shovelware . For online offers, publishing houses have often taken over large quantities from the print media 1: 1 without having been prepared for the new medium.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Spoon wood, Martin .: Theories of Journalism A discursive manual . VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2000, ISBN 978-3-322-97091-6 .