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I stumbled upon the following job ad (now deleted):

Does anyone read job ads before they are posted?

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    So? Why do you think it is a joke? And you would be surprised at how some people really don't know how to write a job post.
    – Oded
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:26
  • No, I'm not surprised, but this is obviously a joke. I've stumbled upon this add on reddit, not here on SO.
    – Josip Ivic
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:27
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    It isn't obviously a joke in my eyes. Just someone who is completely tone deaf. Again - why do you assume it is a joke?
    – Oded
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:28
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    They are searching for hacker and sell one of the best herbal testosterone supplements in the world.
    – Josip Ivic
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:29
  • So, isn't that a legal business? @JosipIvic Apr 8 '16 at 9:30
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    So, company which sells herbal testosterone supplements is searching for hacker, and that's not a joke?
    – Josip Ivic
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:31
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    What, they don't need programmers?
    – Oded
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:31
  • Don't confuse 'Hacker' with 'Cracker'.
    – JonW
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:32
  • @Oded, sry, but I never saw a job add like this and I think it's a joke.
    – Josip Ivic
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:34
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    I have seen a lot of bad job listings - agree that this one is possibly one of the worst. C'est la vie.
    – Oded
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:35
  • I find those Crossover ads looking for super specialized experienced engineers at $15 per hour a much bigger joke.
    – Pekka
    Apr 8 '16 at 10:57
  • I find it more of a joke that some corps are looking for people with experience that would easily merit 4-5x the salary that they quote, but alas.
    – magisch
    Apr 8 '16 at 11:56
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    Why oh WHY didn't you take a snapshot of that ad? Now we'll never be able to enjoy its awfulness!
    – user1228
    Apr 8 '16 at 12:49
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    @won't Google has a cached version: webcache.googleusercontent.com/… Apr 9 '16 at 0:58
  • @JDB "Hacker With Good Logic And Deep PHP Coding Experience" HAH!
    – user1228
    Apr 11 '16 at 12:52
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Unfortunately, this is not a joke.

It is a real listing, an actual client that is looking for programmers.

Agreed - it is a really bad listing, bad enough to look like a joke.

When you see something like this - flag it. It will get reviewed.


I was in contact with someone in the team - they said the post got so many flags that they have now taken it down.

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  • Can companies post such ads without any review? For some reason I thought that like external ads, they have to send it first to SE, and SE employee in the Careers team actually publish them. Apr 8 '16 at 10:45
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    @ShadowWizard - ads are posted without review, AFAIK. The sales reps (and customer success team) will look into them (sometimes before being posted, but usually after). Flags go straight to the customer success team who will deal with them. The post in question was live less than 24 hours.
    – Oded
    Apr 8 '16 at 10:53
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    Just to add - there are a lot of listings coming up. Gating that by reviews just isn't scalable. That's why we have flagging. External ads, on the other hand - we don't have many, so the process works with people gating them.
    – Oded
    Apr 8 '16 at 10:59
  • Makes sense, thanks. But still, I think that before a job listing become an ad, it better go through some review. Is it worth a feature request in your opinion? Apr 8 '16 at 11:00
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    We don't have the man power and making this a requirement can really hurt the business. We have found that flagging works well - even if the odd one slips through on a rare occasion.
    – Oded
    Apr 9 '16 at 9:39
  • I would also think that the process involved in posting an ad would make it such that abuse would be difficult, expensive and fruitless. Apr 11 '16 at 18:52
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No. No member of Stack Exchange reads the job ad before the company posts it.

You can flag it though if you think it is inappropriate. Please make clear from your flag why you think it is inappropriate. (And I guess the job ad worked, since you are actually reading it)

Note that you only should flag inappropriate content. In this case, I think the job ad does lack the quality I am used to, but nothing really to flag. Just ignore it.

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  • No, it didn't worked, au contrair. I laughed because add is gibberish. That's why I'm asking.
    – Josip Ivic
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:28
  • Okay, so skip it then. Apr 8 '16 at 9:28
  • ok I'll ignore it.
    – Josip Ivic
    Apr 8 '16 at 9:37

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