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I was peeking at the first post review queue while eating lunch and noticed this answer: What are the advantages of walk-in or in person interviews over online video interviews?

It looks like the company made an account just to draw attention to their product, however they never actually promote their product in the post... It leaves a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth but it does provide some information. If any random user had posted it (with no references to the company) I would pass it off as a mediocre answer and if they said "we do that, you should use us" it would be spam, but as it is, I'm just not sure...

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    I just edited out the sales pitchy stuff. – enderland Apr 23 '15 at 17:33
  • Ian, is your question specifically about that answer (which has now been edited), or are you asking a broader question about what counts as spam and that's just one example? (Trying to decide if this is status-completed...) – Monica Cellio Apr 26 '15 at 4:41
  • Yeah it was about that one question, go ahead and status-complete it. – Ian Holstead Apr 26 '15 at 20:11
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Are companies permitted to register, and provide answers (rather than individuals)?

If so, I guess I'm surprised. I wouldn't have thought that would be allowed.

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  • The developer of doxygen tool provides what is essentially customer support on StackOverflow through this account: stackoverflow.com/users/784672/doxygen, and nobody seems to have a problem with that. Unless the company account is actively promoting their products on unrelated questions, IMHO there shouldn't be a problem. – Masked Man May 10 '15 at 16:01
  • @MaskedMan - sounds like good social media advertising. Again, I'm surprised. – Joe Strazzere May 11 '15 at 0:14

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