2. What’s spam?

Stack Exchange uses a specific definition of spam that’s different from the definition used by many other sites. It’s most concisely detailed in the flag dialog:

Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author’s affiliation.

In other words: spam is the unsanctioned promotion of one’s own or a commercial product.

There’s an FAQ post on the topic of what spam is on Meta Stack Exchange, if you’d like the full story.

That means this is spam:

Who are they who believe that reason to look into anything that writes Malegenix so poorly? Do you have to not appear adventurous? It is also rewarding when you discover a Malegenix. This can be sized to fit. They were a lot more active after this. I can express this touching on Malegenix. That is dirty. It seems very interesting. Isn’t this exactly the function of Malegenix today?
Visit here <spammy link>

(That’s a real post, by the way.)

This is also spam, if the blog belongs to the post’s author:

Visit this awesome blog (link) to find the answer!

However, this is not:

To fix your problem, you should foo your bar and pass your baz to quux.
I wrote about this in more detail on my blog (link).

That post discloses the fact that the blog is the author’s, so it’s okay.

This isn’t spam either:

delete me delete me delete me delete me delete me

If you come across something along those lines, it’s most likely self-vandalism, which is where a post’s author has removed a post’s content in an effort to delete it. That’s not something Stack Exchange allows, but it’s not spam.

As always, use your best judgment, and ask if you’re not sure.

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