It's not spam to ask about a specific delivery. Some moderator was just bullshitting that I was guilty of "spam" just because I asked how much I should pay for SEO.

Can't you speak of economics or business without getting into threats of deleting plain simple questions?

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    That "bullshitting" moderator was me – and if you read my comment again you see I was not saying it is guilty of spam, but "it might be seen as spam" (promoting that URL). As Journeyman correctly pointed out below, this site is recommending software, not services (which is why your question was closed, and its repost as well).
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 11:55

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I voted to close that question and its still there (unless you reasked it) . Your question is still there as far as I can tell. I do admit, SEO has a terrible reputation since most practitioners of said dark art that you notice are spammers.

That said, I VTCed cause I felt it was off topic. Its in no way a software recommendation - you're trying to find someone to do a service for you. It dosen't even fall under the potential grey areas for what's on topic.

If I felt it was on topic, the biggest risk I'd see is attracting spammy answers, and someone might protect it. Its not on topic as far as I'm concerned.

I'd also like to say while I was a moderator once, and that gives me an insight into many of the site's quirks, my actions are as a high rep user.

Assuming it was my downvote, it might be nice to not assume the reasons people have, and try to understand the site better. I hope my answer helped there. The tone of this question seems arguementitive. It might be better to ask future questions in a somewhat calmer more measured manner.

  • Can't you speak of business here at all??? Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 11:43
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    "Its in no way a software recommendation" - its off topic cause of that. This question would be somewhat akin to asking for a good plumber on the site. Its business too. Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 11:46
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    This site is not about businesses, but about software :) So I fully agree with Journeyman here (+1 to his answer and comment).
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 11:56
  • If I link to somebody, why would that be spam? all I did was asking about SEO market. You are not mature. Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 14:18
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    Erm You're entirely ignoring that its off topic. And personal attacks arn't nice. Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 14:58

Journeyman is exactly right. Your question could've been closed, in my eyes, for quite a few reasons. The question is so short I can paste it right here,

Want to buy SEO

I want to buy search engine optimization for a US audience. Can you recommend what I should buy? I have a webapp that I want to promote.

  1. The title: "I want to buy SEO". Wonderful, happy to hear it. Now this relates to software how? Also, a little bit more information would help too, even in a title.
  2. Sentence 1: "I want to buy search engine optimization for a US audience." Nice to hear. You are aware that SEO is a process, not software right?
  3. Sentence 2: "Can you recommend what I should buy?" An SEO specialist? A web marketing company? Not sure if those are software...
  4. Sentence 3: "I have a webapp that I want to promote." This may have been the only reference to software in this entire question, and it really has nothing to do with the question.

Nowhere did you mention the OS it needs to be compatible on and no budget was given (SEO tools can get really expensive).

Personally, and I have a bit experience on this site, this is how I could see this question be closed:

  1. off-topic Has nothing to do with software. See the title of this site for more information on that.
  2. Unclear what you're asking You want to buy SEO, so you want to buy the process of affecting the visibility of a website? And all you give us is US audience and it's for a webapp. Kind of need a bit more than that to give decent answers.
  3. Too broad Assuming you're looking for software, are you aware of how many SEO tools are out there? Searching for "SEO Software" in google gives over 2.9 million results.
  4. Very Low Quality Honestly, I don't think you could've taken any less time creating this question. The body of the question seems like only 2 sentences as the 2nd sentence is kind of unnecessary.

So, after writing this masterpiece, you have the nerve to call the actions of a mod BS'ing and a retired mod unmatured? Wow.

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