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Spam users are injecting bad content linking to

From a cursory search for "PHPKode":

This behaviour does not seem to be limited to Stack Overflow. Usenet example

I say this calls for a link blacklisting.

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Ouch. Wish I had more spam flags. The questions are particularly insidious - SO users tend to go easy on them. – Shog9 Jan 5 '11 at 1:39
Might as well just link to a search for PHPKode. I think maybe... one... of the results isn't spam... – Shog9 Jan 5 '11 at 1:42
OK, limited out my spam flags. – Lance Roberts Jan 5 '11 at 1:43
I can't tell for all examples. But I'd also like to know the general stance on commercial links. I've yesterday replaced a (repeated) link to RegexBuddy (which is still a good tip!) with our very own list of free alternatives. User was not pleased but cool with it. But is there a general guidance on such matters? – mario Jan 5 '11 at 1:45
@mario AFAIK, commercial links in general are fine. See e.g. here for extended discussion:… also – Pëkka Jan 5 '11 at 1:46
@mario: - if you have a connection, disclose it. If your answer (or question) exists for no purpose other than linking to your product/site, then you'll probably still die in a fire. – Shog9 Jan 5 '11 at 1:48
@Shog9: Okay, thanks. So obviously spamvertizing the own blog or products is the major offence. But what about linking to spam-ladden sites you are not associated with? @Pekka: The "IMAP" examples are clear cases. And it also seems evident from PHPKode looking Facebook/SEO-centric. Only in the second exhibit it seemed an explainative reference link. – mario Jan 5 '11 at 1:56
@mario Kudos for assuming good faith, but:… these are really evil bastards – Pëkka Jan 5 '11 at 1:57
@Pekka: Oouh! Ok. I concede your research was conclusive. – mario Jan 5 '11 at 1:59
@mario: again, the disclosure requirement is only there to help sincere users avoid the appearance of astroturfing. Repeatedly posting off-topic links will get you into trouble regardless of whether or not you're affiliated with what you're linking to. – Shog9 Jan 5 '11 at 2:03
This is depressing. ++ link blacklist. – Shog9 Jan 5 '11 at 2:06
I'm maxed out now, too, though I did manage to nuke a question into orbit in the process. Some of the stuff found in that search link is okay, IMO. – Jon Seigel Jan 5 '11 at 2:49
up vote 16 down vote accepted

ok, I added


to the universal blacklist

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