This post is more of a “heads up” post than anything else since this recent spam trend I have seen seems quite novel and interesting.
I noticed this post on Super User (now deleted and flagged as spam, so check edit history or look at the screenshot below) that superficially seems like a legitimate post about hard drive failures.
But two odd things: It described a failing SSD as making noise (?) and then went on to referring the storage device as a hard drive. But the text “SSD” linked to some computer parts site. This was the only link in the post; nothing else.
Since there was no rhyme or reason to the post and the link seemed spammy, I believed it was spam and stand by the assertion.
Especially after seeing this other post by the same user on Lifehacks that followed the same pattern: Seemingly legit question with one link that was to the same shopping site and linked to a word that made little sense in the context of the question. Mind you the question was off-topic since it was about PC hardware and not a “life hack” at all.
To me it seems the pattern in these spam posts are:
- Seemingly valid question is posted.
- One item in the text — seemingly arbitrarily — is linked to a sales (e-commerce) site of some sort.
I seem to recall a question on Super User a week or so ago where a comma (
,) was linked to a spam site as well.
Is this a known new kind of targeted spam on Stack Exchange sites? Has anyone else seen similar things on other Stack Exchange sites and not just Super User or Lifehacks?
Note, as per a comment request, here is a screenshot of the supposed SSD-related post on Super User.