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I think that would not be a valid answer. Let's split it into 2 parts: The "Unfortunately, no software currently exists that does what you want it to" part could be an answer, even though the policy for this is still undecided. The "can create that software for you if you're interested" part would at best be a comment, and should probably be flagged as ...


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Use of affiliate links on this site is NOT allowed. If you find them, edit themout. If it becomes repeated or persistent, 'flag' them as spam. If someone edited someone else's answer to add an affiliate link, flag the answer as “other” and explain the problem. Affiliate links are fine in your own blog. But using them in this type of Q&A is completely ...


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Vote/flag based on the content, not on the user. If people are downvoting or flagging this because of who posted, that is user targeting, which is against the rules on Stack Exchange sites. If the post is on-topic, not spam (or doesn't fail to provide attribution in the case of a product recommendation), it shouldn't matter whether the poster is new, Jon ...


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Looks like a sockpuppet to me. I've deleted the question, suspended and warned the parent user, and destroyed the sock puppet. The bounty was a 'very' nice touch, if not for the fact that it was very suspicious. While full disclosure is necessary, it isn't sufficient sometimes. Nice catch ;)


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I think we should keep our answers to things that currently exist. If someone wanted a program that tosses a bunch of files into various directories on Ubuntu, and I could whip up a shell script that does this, I might consider doing so and say something like: I couldn't think of or find anything that only suits this specific purpose, which you indicated ...


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The term spam is a bit misplaced, but this type of solicitation (even if well-meaning) is not allowed on any Stack Exchange site. Putting it in terms of another site (let's say Stack Overflow), if there were a comment or post on a question that said, "Give me a call; me or my company can help you" — that would be removed. Immediately. This site ...


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Is there anything we can do so community members can add more details as to why they are flagging a specific post as spam? They can/should be using custom moderator flags if it's not obvious the post is spam. However, since the custom flag option says "A problem not listed above that requires action by a moderator." it's understandable users choose the spam ...


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This site doesn't have a specific policy about answering a question with your own software.¹ Follow the general Stack Exchange policy and guidelines on self-promotion (whose current wording evolved partly based on discussions about Stack Overflow). The important thing about mentioning your own software is that you must clearly and honestly disclose your ...


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Yes, they should be removed automatically if possible. And we should remove them manually if impossible.


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As it already is an issue on SO, as you write, I'd rather raise this concern on mSO (if that has not already been done). I know of many other sites having affiliate parts automatically removed from posts while they are "saved" (sometimes even replacing them with their own affiliation). So IMHO this would rather be a task for the devs to cover SE-wide.


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Yeah, flagging on the *Recs.SE sites is harder in general because some of the usual spam indicators don't hold up.The largest problem with red flags is that, due to their inherent penalty, they tend to have a much sharper drop-off in where people draw that threshold. It's worse on this and other sites, where there has to be a higher tolerance for fishy links....


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