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Astroturfing in Hot Network Questions?

While looking at the sidebar, noticed this: Recommended Hosting Company for a Craft Site. I'm not a user of the Craft CMS site, and I do not want to impose my own standards on them, yet it does ...
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please cut the activity of these cross-site spammers (astroturfers)

Posting at meta solely because I couldn't figure how to make it into a custom flag message (plan to further flag involved posts for mod attention referring to this post). This user account has just ...
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Can/Should we report companies who solicit astroturfing services?

I got an email from a company asking me to use my established reputation to recommend their product on Stack Overflow: Hello Oli! My name is [withheld], and I’m Sales & Marketing Manager ...
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Isn't this a way users “Market themselves” with multiple SE accounts?

Assuming a user has two accounts in SE (account A & B). He asks a question using account A. Answers it using account B. It's not just answering, the answer is just "fantastic" - thus it has drawn ...
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Blatant third-party users?

I am noticing a few questions from appMobi Support, which are then followed up with answers, seemingly from employees of appMobi. I am not sure what approach to take with such blatant Q&A ...
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Old recommendation answer flags declined?

This user joined two days ago, and in that time has posted two answers. Both are late answers to old topics. The text of the two answers are word-for-word identical: I don't know if it can be ...
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Is it appropriate to mention my product in a StackOverflow answer?

Hi I see StackOverflow questions like : Excel/VBA to check if a row exists and I am tempted to reply with : " You could run a query such as 'SELECT COUNT(), COL1, COL2 FROM A GROUP BY COL1, ...
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Using SO / SF / SU to promote your products?

See this question: https://superuser.com/questions/3049/must-have-android-applications/3284#3284 I answered twice with links to my own Android products that fully met the criteria of the question, and ...
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Astroturfing on Stack Overflow

I just wanted to make sure you guys are aware this happens sometimes before I delete this user. What is Astroturfing? Astroturfing is a word in English describing ... advertising, or public ...