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I recently reviewed an answer containing a signature with a link to a company the user was working for. I took took this as spam and suggested flagging it as such, which was then rejected. After this I suggested removing the link, which preserves the rest of the answer.

My question is therefore: "When reviewing an answer containing links not related to the answer, what is the recommended action?"

I realize this might be considered opinion-based, but surely there should be a recommended approach across stack exchange communities?

This is related to policy on signatures and links and a supposed duplicate "is adding a signature considered spamming", but while it is clear that signatures and links are not desired, there is no suggestion as to how to treat it.

  • Any fluff that's not related to the answer should be removed. It's odd that you couldn't deduce the answer from the first post you linked. – M.A.R. Mar 17 '16 at 10:14
  • @IͶΔ I agree that "fluff" is undesired, but I suppose my question was more whether one should edit the answer or if some other action is more appropriate. – M.T Mar 17 '16 at 10:16
  • calling it spam is over the top. Save that for the handbags and streaming tv and love spell posts. If a promotional link can just be edited out, leaving a useful post, that's what you should do. – Kate Gregory Mar 17 '16 at 14:15
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If I see a signature, email, or website link (if it looks to be promotional in nature), I edit them out, with a comment like:

Signature etc removed as per Help instruction

I use the following statement in the Help as my justification for doing that:

Do not use signature, taglines, or greetings.

Every post you make is already “signed” with your standard user card, which links directly back to your user page. If you use an additional signature or tagline, it will be removed to reduce noise in the questions and answers.

Your user page belongs to you — fill it with information about your interests, links to stuff you’ve worked on, or whatever else you like!

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