Today I flagged this answer as spam. I thought it was really obvious, user linking to a site with same name as the user, the link was also in the profile. Additionally the answer seemed rather content-free. I was surprised to see the flag declined. So is this spam or not?
This is a clever attempt at Spam. If I were looking at this from the moderator panel, it'd be really hard for me to know it was spam, for a few reasons:
- Links are not shown in the moderator panel (unless we expand the post, which incidentally I didn't know we could do until now). The default is just naked text.
- The spam flag doesn't give any indication what makes it spam. Looking at the post head on, It just looks like a poorly written answer to a poor question (You'll note the question was subsequently closed -- better to cut the snake off at the head).
- It's not until you look at the user's profile that you realize he's promoting his own website.
In this particular case, a custom flag of
User seems to be promoting his own website (see profile) in a very poorly written post -- borderline spam
would be enough to alert moderators that you think it's spam, and why you think it's spam.
I would say that it's an attempt at spam, yes. It's not of the "Buy your sunglasses here" type, but there is some (poorly) hidden promotion going on.
And what's more, either link is completely unnecessary for the answer. So if the answer is to remain, the links themselves can easily be edited out. (If the question is not better off deleted altogether)
That said, mistakes happen occasionally when handling flags. Moderators seem to be human, though this has not yet been conclusively proven. I've flagged it as spam again. Let's see what happens.