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As a point of reference, we don't detect much spam on Software Engineering: see the list here. Some sites get more, some get less, and there isn't much rhyme or reason to it. At minimum autoflagging accuracy, we would have flagged only one post, from two months ago - this one (link for <10kers).


You posted the question exclusively to promote a paper that you wrote and solicit reviews. Promoting your paper is no different than promoting your software product or a service. Treating this as spam seems very appropriate.


In addition to Glorfindel's answer, there's also something called a "spam seed". This is a question used to elicit spam answers. I treat spam seeds the same way as spam - flag it as spam. As a moderator, that spam flag triggers an automatic deletion that is used to help the anti-spam systems that are in place. The important thing is that this post (...


Yes, that might be confusing. Even though it does contain disclosure, it's such a textbook "only exists to promote a website" that the second part is waived. The same holds for pharmacy spam or somebody offering hacking services. Some additional information can be found on Meta Stack Exchange: What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) ...


I think this is one of those cases where you really shouldn't be concerned about the letter of the rules. It is very clear what the spirit of the "no spam" rule is. So just do the obvious thing and don't worry about whether there's some specific rule that covers this exactly. We don't need an explicit statement about this exact circumstance to know ...

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