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Suspicious new user accounts?

These are spam accounts. Their about me says "spam account" because recently a couple of moderators have been editing the original content (which may get indexed by search engines and ...
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Is the "spam" flag appropriate for gibberish posts, or is it reserved for promotional material?

The spam flag is indeed intended only for promotional posts that have very little to do with the topic at hand. However, utterly meaningless gibberish may well be flagged as rude or abusive. The flag ...
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Crackpots and links to crackpot articles in their profile

Is this OK with you, having reputable physicists (like Cosmas Zachos and Valter Moretti or Urs Schreiber to name a few) alongside crackpots? That's the wrong question. Let's suppose I'm not "OK" with ...
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Is this user a spammer?

We prefer to reserve “spammer” for users who use their Stack Exchange accounts to post marketing links here. It’s not really any of our business if a user has a Twitter account which is used for ...
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Has Physics.SE had this same trolling experience?

I'm promoting this comment by knzhou to an answer: We get worse questions every day. Downvote, flag, and move on.
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Crackpots and links to crackpot articles in their profile

Users are allowed to put what they want in their user profiles, within reason. Generally speaking, users are allowed to put whatever the heck they want in their user profile. This includes links, ...
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Spam flag on nonsense garbage declined

Note that "spam" is notably missing from the list of flags (VLQ, rude or abusive, not an answer) Shog9 lists in the answer you quote. The spam flag description reads: Exists only to promote a ...
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Is promoting external websites in user profiles forbidden?

You can put whatever you want in your profile. (barring NSFW or generally offensive material, though the rules are pretty lax on that too) Sure, feel free to link to Quora there :)
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Is a moderator's Approach to Delete the Answer Provided When No Comment Was Possible Consistent with a Metrocracy or Hypocracy?

Discussions on meta Stack Exchange sites are discussions, but they are still expected to have some structure. If you post an answer, then just as on the main site, it is expected to address the ...
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The problem with spam flags

That is not spam. On StackExchange, only posts that explicity advertise a specific website, program or product are considered spam. Gibberish should be flagged as either "not an answer" or "rude or ...
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Why is this answer not considered spam?

The description of the spam flag is Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation. In this case, the answer does appear to legitimately (note I'm not ...
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Is promoting external websites in user profiles forbidden?

To expand on what Manishearth said and address the last part of the question: the guidelines on what constitutes excessive self-promotion are outlined in the help center. Avoid overt self-promotion. ...
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Why is this answer not considered spam?

to me it seems to have been posted with the only objective of, without disclosure, advertising. Isn't it spam? No. David Z's answer is correct, and I'd add two remarks: the post in point addresses ...
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Crackpots and links to crackpot articles in their profile

I'm not going to bother going over the SE network policy on profiles again, since two answers already have. Is this OK with you, having reputable physicists (like Cosmas Zachos and Valter Moretti ...
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