This question popped up, and got for sure quickly downvoted and delete-voted in 7 minutes. Anyway: it reads:

I am undertaking a research study on the use of communication API tools and am looking for help. It will take no more than 2 minutes of your time. We are offering a prize for respondents. ... link ... some more details

As the author is disclosing his identity - am I correct in not flagging this as SPAM?

Edit: the core of my question is if flagging as spam is appropriate - as this for example clearly states that spam is about commercial advertisement. The only reference to "survey == spam?" is an answer that says "flagged it as spam" - without giving any further arguments why that is appropriate.

Given the severe consequences of flagging as spam - I think a more canonical (argument based) answer is needed.


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It is definitely off-topic on Stack Overflow. Disclosing the OP's relationship with the site is a precondition for including promotional links to external sites in on-topic posts, but posting a question, answer, or comment merely to promote your own site (or project, service, interest, religion, point of view, scientific theory, etc) is just plain .... spam.

  • Tangentially, "spam" is not an acronym, so there are no reasons to spell it in upper case.
    – tripleee
    Sep 8, 2017 at 7:32
  • According to this SPAM is about commercial advertisement. And keep in mind: flagging as SPAM ( I like it uppercase ;-) can have severe consequences for the person being flagged. This is a pretty powerful instrument, so it should be used carefully.
    – GhostCat
    Sep 8, 2017 at 7:37
  • Thanks for the pointer. I added a comment suggesting they rethink the phrasing there.
    – tripleee
    Sep 8, 2017 at 7:47

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