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Posting at meta solely because I couldn't figure how to make it into a custom flag message (plan to further flag involved posts for mod attention referring to this post).

This user account has just posted three similar "questions" at different sites:

All three have quickly received "answers" from unregistered users linking to the same resource (bloggingtechniques.com).

As far as I can tell, this is spam (astroturfing). Could something be done about this?

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  • update: posts at UX and AU are deleted; spammer account at AU is deleted too. Guess two upvotes at this question are from moderators at these sites :)
    – gnat
    Dec 19, 2014 at 9:09
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    If you suspect spam, by all means drop a post in the Tavern. Then all present can have a look, and in serious cases some of the running bots can be updated to include new specific checks for those posts.
    – Bart
    Dec 19, 2014 at 9:10
  • @Bart thanks for reminding! I didn't visit Tavern for quite a long and forgot about this "feature"
    – gnat
    Dec 19, 2014 at 9:13
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    Ux mod here. I flagged the answer as spam, and then the question too. That way both users get penalised. Then destroy the two users. Best we can do I think.
    – JonW
    Dec 19, 2014 at 16:57

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Spam posts were deleted, spammer accounts at AU and UX were destroyed.

Note to self, next time I see something like this, follow advice given in comments:

If you suspect spam, by all means drop a post in the Tavern. Then all present can have a look, and in serious cases some of the running bots can be updated to include new specific checks for those posts.

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