It seems unremarkable to me.


Question: Invitation to a new conference: possible scam?

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    This particular site spams us a lot. If you see links to this site please report them, as they are likely also spam.
    – Bryan Krause Mod
    Mar 13, 2022 at 22:13
  • @BryanKrause That's probably the answer I was looking for. The marking might have been caused by a pattern of behavior I cannot see. Mar 14, 2022 at 0:29

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Because it is spam.

The included link contains referral information that can be used to track the origin of the link visits, and maybe reward the author.

On a general note, sometimes spam may not be so evident from a single post, and normal users might be puzzled by certain deletions, but it becomes evident when there is a pattern of posts linking to the same website.

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    +1. Just to add that this seems like a rare case where we could have salvaged the answer by removing the last paragraph; however, there is an SE-wide policy/guideline that one should never edit spam.
    – cag51 Mod
    Mar 13, 2022 at 21:29
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    I don't think "utm_campaign=editage--academia_stackexchange" is sufficient to make something spam. If some company's marketing department wants to pay people to post sensible answers, that's not spam. Mar 13, 2022 at 21:30
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    @AnonymousPhysicist Undisclosed affiliation to a linked company website is spam. Mar 13, 2022 at 21:32
  • The top voted answer in this meta question disagrees with you: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/260638/… Mar 14, 2022 at 0:27
  • @AnonymousPhysicist This is not StackOverflow. But if in doubt, it's fine to raise a custom flag if you are wondering if a post is self promotional.
    – Bryan Krause Mod
    Mar 14, 2022 at 2:07
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    @AnonymousPhysicist See academia.stackexchange.com/help/promotion "However, if you mention your product, website, etc. in your question or answer, you must disclose your affiliation in your post" Mar 14, 2022 at 3:49
  • This is not stack overflow but this is quite similar: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/58032/… Mar 14, 2022 at 22:24
  • @AnonymousPhysicist From the answer to the faq you linked: "Lacks disclosure of affiliation means that the author is clearly affiliated with the product but does not disclose their affiliation. Note that a simple “my” may suffice. However, the disclosure must happen in the post itself; the author’s username or profile do not count". Mar 15, 2022 at 0:47
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    And, to be honest, i don't understand the purpose of your discussion: do you want more spam on Academia? Mar 15, 2022 at 0:49
  • I don't think you've read the link carefully. I think Bran Krause gave a much clearer explanation than you did; namely that there is a history of spam linking to this "Editage" site. Your viewpoint seems exceptionally arbitrary. Mar 15, 2022 at 0:53
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    "A post should be marked as spam only if it promotes a product, service, or similar; and is unsolicited or lacks disclosure of affiliation." The given post meets this criteria, ergo it is spam. That it has happened regularly makes deletion more justified, but is not required; doing it once is still spamming.
    – Nij
    Mar 17, 2022 at 5:00

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