Spam users are injecting bad content linking to phpkode.com.

From a cursory search for "PHPKode":

This behaviour does not seem to be limited to Stack Overflow. Usenet example

I say this calls for a link blacklisting.

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    Ouch. Wish I had more spam flags. The questions are particularly insidious - SO users tend to go easy on them.
    – Shog9
    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:39
  • Might as well just link to a search for PHPKode. I think maybe... one... of the results isn't spam...
    – Shog9
    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:42
  • OK, limited out my spam flags. Jan 5, 2011 at 1:43
  • I can't tell for all examples. But I'd also like to know the general stance on commercial links. I've yesterday replaced a (repeated) link to RegexBuddy (which is still a good tip!) with our very own list of free alternatives. User was not pleased but cool with it. But is there a general guidance on such matters?
    – mario
    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:45
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    @mario AFAIK, commercial links in general are fine. See e.g. here for extended discussion: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/57497/… also meta.stackexchange.com/questions/55914
    – Pekka
    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:46
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    @mario: stackoverflow.com/faq#promotion - if you have a connection, disclose it. If your answer (or question) exists for no purpose other than linking to your product/site, then you'll probably still die in a fire.
    – Shog9
    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:48
  • @Shog9: Okay, thanks. So obviously spamvertizing the own blog or products is the major offence. But what about linking to spam-ladden sites you are not associated with? @Pekka: The "IMAP" examples are clear cases. And it also seems evident from PHPKode looking Facebook/SEO-centric. Only in the second exhibit it seemed an explainative reference link.
    – mario
    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:56
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    @mario Kudos for assuming good faith, but: google.de/… these are really evil bastards
    – Pekka
    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:57
  • @Pekka: Oouh! Ok. I concede your research was conclusive.
    – mario
    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:59
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    @mario: again, the disclosure requirement is only there to help sincere users avoid the appearance of astroturfing. Repeatedly posting off-topic links will get you into trouble regardless of whether or not you're affiliated with what you're linking to.
    – Shog9
    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:03
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    This is depressing. ++ link blacklist.
    – Shog9
    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:06
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    I'm maxed out now, too, though I did manage to nuke a question into orbit in the process. Some of the stuff found in that search link is okay, IMO.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:49

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ok, I added


to the universal blacklist


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