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When is it Spam?

Asked by JilltheTooth (19692points) September 30th, 2010

Regular spam is easy to spot, usually a stupidly worded question with a link to a product. What about the subtler ones? A question with no link, but the new user’s profile is an obvious ad for services (or somesuch). Does that qualify as flagworthy? Enlighten me, please, where’s the line?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I would think if it’s questionable, flag it and let the mods review it and decide, but that’s only a guess. I’ll wait with you Jill to be enlightened.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe ; Yeah, I don’t want to be that “pissy girl” who flags everything, but I haven’t been here long enough to know. Ignorant me.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@JilltheTooth I found the question that led to your question. Yeah, I’d flag that one.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe ; I did, and Dog appeared, and here she is now, “crafting”! Info forthcoming!

Dog's avatar

[Mod – and pro-spam hunter – Says]

We allow links to products and services in profiles- but that is the only place they are acceptable.

If a user is- say a floor re finisher- and asks a question “If you could get your floor refinished would you?” And then proceeds to suggest they can help this is spam. The user is not interested in learning anything or solving a problem. They are promoting their business and trying to get new clients interested. Please flag!

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Dog : So I was right to bring it to your attention? I need a head pat.

Dog's avatar

Woof! Thanks!

chyna's avatar

Make that two head pats.

Dog's avatar

And a soggy half-eaten milk bone. :)

JilltheTooth's avatar

Hey, look at my avatar…I love a soggy half-eaten anything!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@JilltheTooth I went to your avatar and noticed something I missed before:sexy foot :). I’m joking around, it’s one of those days.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe ; (Blushing) Shucks. Thanks.

CMaz's avatar

When it comes out of a can.

talljasperman's avatar

when the person is more interested in making a buck than answering a question

augustlan's avatar

<rubs @JilltheTooth‘s tummy> Good doggie!

JilltheTooth's avatar

<leg going like a sewing machine…>

Jabe73's avatar

What about when it comes to religion? What if someone asks a one time question with links to their church or an organization? I’m still not sure if I am familiar with what is considered spam here.

augustlan's avatar

Links to one’s own site(s) in a one-time question would be considered spam, unless it was specifically asking for help with a website issue and the link was necessary.

Jabe73's avatar

@augustlan So if someone tries to get you to convert to their religion or church with a direct link to that website but if they do not own the website that is not considered spam? There was one question that came to mind here with me.

augustlan's avatar

@Jabe73 I’d probably have to look at the question to be sure about it. Sometimes, it’s not spam, but is still against the guidelines for other reasons. Self-promotional or it’s not really a question, but propaganda… things like that might apply.

MeinTeil's avatar

When it’s promoting a product or service you’re not interested in.

See also: Sexual Harrassment.

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