Recently, I was typing in some spam keywords into the user search and found some suspicious users that meet the following characteristics :
- username contains one of the same keywords that often shows up in spam posts
- no activity except for editing their about me section
- their about me section contains an advertisement for a product/service that is very unrelated to programming or the topic of the site they're on, as well as a link or two to view/purchase the product/service
- last seen date is usually the same day they created their account
As to not advertise their spam, I won't link to any examples of this here.
In my opinion, these accounts I've found appear to have only been created to spam. Maybe they were intended to post spam as a question, but for some reason never did. Or maybe they just sit there hoping for people to inadvertently run across them while sliding beneath the community's radar. Or I guess maybe they did post some spam, that was deleted, but a mod never nuked their account.
Is this considered an act of spam to SE? Or does SE only consider it spam when it's posted as a question/answer/comment/chat message? Is there anything SE would like us to do in the case we find an account like this?