So I just visited the front page of SO and noticed this user had bumped like 5 questions that were all very similar and all about Algorithms. I suspected spam, so I looked on all of them. He posted this answer to all 5 questions. I flagged all of them. But now looking back, could I have been wrong?

The answer he gave was informative(from what I skimmed over), and had no links in it. So is it still spam? Does duplication count as spam?

edit: actually there was more than just 5 duplicates.

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That's spam.

Absolutely no reason to carbon copy a generic answer shilling a book on that many questions. Heck I ran out of flags flagging them all.

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He acts like a spammer, he looks like a spammer, he smells like a spammer.

Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit. Even if he is really an enthusiastic fan and did not want to spam (what I doubt), he still did it. Flag and go on.

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it just seemed non-spammy to me because it didn't have a single link. –  Earlz Apr 10 '10 at 19:58
    
External links might have tripped some of the capachas, who knows? –  Josh K Apr 10 '10 at 20:00
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@ear: most SO users are not too stupid to search for a book title. You don't need a link to spam. –  Ladybug Killer Apr 10 '10 at 20:10
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Well. It could just be a really enthusiastic reader of the book...

But that is not how it feels to me because

  1. The particular instance you linked looks to be off-topic
  2. When I check the activity page for the user I see 6 posts in 3 minutes

Side note: This user's has taken a big rep hit previously. Looking into what might have caused it. previous activity is pretty normal and includes offering two substantial bounties. Perhaps the team would like to check with the user to see if anything untoward has happened lately.

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