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While doing some flagging (yes, I'm a little bit addicted) I stumbled upon the user StarWind Software. At first the case seemed clear, Spammer, but...and that's a big one, he seems to be a productive member of SU and SO (his account on SF isn't there anymore, but it's still in the Data-Dump of the explorer, not sure what happened).

He does never seem to link against StarWind-Software, except with his name and profile. He also stated himself that he's a developer there...so...at what am I looking here? I can't really place him somewhere.

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Your question describes someone who is complying with the rules. Links to a product website in a user profile are OK, and the user makes relevant posts (i.e. not spam).

More info here: Are taglines & signatures disallowed?

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What you've described is perfectly acceptable. You're free to put anything you like (as long as it isn't pronographic or otherwise offensive) for your username and gravatar.

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What about Moderator♦? Can I change my username to that? Or maybe 'phish' and use some high-rep user's username and earn some rep? –  muntoo Jan 3 '12 at 6:20
@muntoo No, if you impersonate a moderator or other user, then we will change your user name back. –  Bill the Lizard Jan 3 '12 at 11:35

We have one or two on SF like that. A few have been bad and been appropriately thwacked. Others, though, are behaving. I squint suspiciously at an obvious corporate name as the username, but if that's the only advertising (except on their profile) AND they're constructively answering questions, I'll lay off the flag button.

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It's not uncommon for people to put their website URL in their display name; this is considerably less spammish than that

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