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They’re spammers (which these days are sophisticated combinations of bots and humans paid to defeat captchas), and they were caught by our resident anti-spam bot, Smokey, plus one regular user casting a spam flag to confirm Smokey was right. Smokey is very fast, on the order of seconds, and posts alerts to our main chat room, so it disappeared before you got ...


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I agree with the deletion too, but the spam flag is probably overkill. On the one hand, killing with fire answers that are "and here's a kickstarter I have a vested interest in other people contributing to" is a valid way to firmly discourage KS answers, which are time-limited (in a way answers shouldn't be) and probably have an element of promoting the ...


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This is the problem - we can filter it, but they quickly just obfuscate the email address using some other means. Text filtering does not work, which is why the spam system operates on different levels, we can't just go by the text being submitted. However, I'm going to be modifying the weights that this site carries when it comes to teaching the system, ...


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The URL is not necessary and sits on a slippery slope. Slippery slopes are fine when the information is critical to the question, because we can deal with any deliberate or accidentally attempt to move farther down the slope by firmly shutting down such moves. Discouraging unnecessary advertising in a post that is about how to gain attention for a game is ...


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You can, when it's both relevant and not spammy. A question of "how do I do X in this game, here's a link" is fine (assuming it's not your game). The information is also germane to the question. A question of "how do I get my game reviewed, here's a link" crosses the line into direct self promotion and is not fine. The information is also not particularly ...


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Good point. A rep hit is harsh in this case since it was done in good faith. The spam flag has been removed and the answer re-deleted normally. However, for future reference, it doesn't have to be "your" spam to be spam. The behavior page says excessive self-promotion may be categorized as spam, but that's not an exclusive definition, it's one of the ...


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