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I've recently flagged one post as a "low quality" post, well, because the "link only" answer option was not available in flag reasons. I'm talking about this post in which was a link to an external site, where was the answer to the asked question and so I don't understand why it was taken as a spam.

Could someone explain me, why that post was taken as a spam ?

P.S. I know the answer should be deleted but why just as a spam ?

  • The link just goes to a deleted post page. Did you review it? If so, can you link us to that review? – hichris123 Nov 23 '13 at 23:37
  • @hichris123, it was already deleted. But sorry, I don't want to quote an answer which was marked as spam. – TLama Nov 23 '13 at 23:43
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It was treated as spam because it is almost certainly spam. And as you said, it should have been deleted regardless due to being a link-only answer. Let's look at the evidence that this was spam:

  1. It's a link-only answer.
  2. This is the only answer from that user.
  3. It was posted on an old question which already had a highly-upvoted accepted answer. There is no explanation of what was unsatisfactory about the existing answer.
  4. It links to a blog post.
  5. The blog post was posted a day before the answer, which makes it very likely that they have the same author rather than that someone happened to find the blog post in a Google search.

With all the evidence taken together, the chance that this was a post intended to drive traffic to someone's blog is very high.

  • Oh, I didn't noticed it was posted 2 days ago there. And yes, all what you listed makes sense. Thanks for the explanation! – TLama Nov 23 '13 at 23:39
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    Good eye on point #5. That's definitely the sort of thing that separates a run-of-the-mill link-only answer from spam. – Bill the Lizard Nov 23 '13 at 23:52
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    Actually, this was the second such post from this user. The first was even spammier: stackoverflow.com/questions/11743810/… – Brad Larson Nov 24 '13 at 2:46

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