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This user has posted the same answer on four different SO questions, all linking to a certain project's website.

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yep, looks like spam. also looks like a potential advertiser :| –  Otaku Jun 30 '10 at 0:32
    
Yes, basically spam. –  Jonathan Leffler Jun 30 '10 at 0:44
    
His user profile (name and "about me") gives some hints about his intentions... –  Carlos Heuberger Jun 30 '10 at 11:43
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up vote 5 down vote accepted

For me it definitely is:

  • just linking to an external site
  • not providing any actual content in the answer like at least a summary
  • doesn't even try to address the actual question
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Yes, because of the lack of content or any apparent direct relation to the question... I feel these cross the line as spam.

There are a lot of definitions of spam. In cases like these, I think the deciding factor is, are these messages being "posted indiscriminately?" "Indiscriminately" as in posted either mindlessly, undirected, or in a somewhat random manner.

There are cases where a user's otherwise perfectly legitimate answers also happen to include self-promotion. I don't necessarily consider those spam on that basis. You have to look at the context.

These do not pass my personal acid test.

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I'd like to thank you for using up four of my spam votes for today. :)

My acid test is:

  • Are the answers relevant to the question?
    In this case, no. Specifically, in this case, they're copy-and-paste!
  • Are the answers distinct from one another, indicating at least an attempt by the user to address the question?
    Once again, no. They're straight up copy-and-paste.

Thus, they reek of a canned meat-based product.

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