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I came across this post on SO. SSIS Common Transformations Video Tutorial:

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It is not a question because it is an advertisement even though the video links might be useful to users following the tag . I am posting this question here on Meta because I was in dilemma whether to flag it as spam or vote to close. Flag as spam has the following description.

This question is effectively an advertisement with no disclosure. It is not useful or relevant, but promotional.

However, I think that the post has a disclosure from the authors. I assume that disclosure means just displaying your name in the post. I could be wrong. It might be helpful but it is still promotional, in my point of view.

Should this post have been marked as spam?

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The disclosure requirement is for answers, and it only applies when the somewhat promotional answer actually answers the question. Disclosure doesn't allow you to post promotional content anywhere you like.

This is spam, it is purely promotional. So I think flagging as spam is justified.

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Shouldnt it be deleted rather than closing it ? –  GoodSp33d Nov 3 '12 at 10:25
    
@2-Stroker Flagging as spam deletes the post if 6 users or one mod flag it as such –  Mad Scientist Nov 3 '12 at 10:25
    
Since you are a moderator on two SE sites, I trust your response. Thanks for clarifying that. @2-Stroker: That was my dilemma, if I had flagged it as spam, it would have been deleted by a moderator. –  user162697 Nov 3 '12 at 10:45
    
@Siva: Eventually, it was deleted anyway. –  Second Rikudo Nov 3 '12 at 11:27
    
@MadaraUchiha: Yes, I believe that's because of too many downvotes generated from users who read this MSO post. I have seen questions lingering in ssis for long time even after I voted for close. Sometimes I had to flag them for moderators attention. –  user162697 Nov 3 '12 at 12:24

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