Both of those seem very odd with replies coming from folks that have but one or two posts. The first link smells like SPAM but nothing seems obvious with a link pointing anywhere. I can easily see the second purporting a conversation with a SPAM link.
SEO Spammer, or just someone trying to drive traffic to his site:
He even kind of botched the joke he added to the joke thread in an attempt to be 5% legitimate.
Here's a new one: This one's been adding "helpful video tutorial" links to his site to a bunch of Photoshop Community Help pages!
I admit, the idea is creative, but somehow I don't think Adobe intended the feedback system to be a spammer's foot in the door.
Pat, you may be 100% right, but then this points to something very wrong in the notification system. Why did this person receive notifications from threads in which s/he had not participated?
I think if someone posts in a forum, s/he may get automatically subscribed to the forum. But you're right; that should not happen this way.
Let's see if John or Terri has any comment on this.
This looks like a potential spammer testing out an automated spamming script... Or it could just be someone trying to understand the forum.
I don't think I'd delete the user just yet, but the first post can probably go.
Peddling his web site in what's probably an attempt to do SEO:
Please nail this spammer.
Message was edited by: Pat Willener - 1 spam post from 184.108.40.206 removed.
Is this a spam:
His only message so far and a link to his drugs site!!!
Message was edited by: Pat Willener - spam message [from 220.127.116.11] deleted.
Reported before: http://forums.adobe.com/people/chrisjohnsskills
This guy seems to post the link to his / his company's web site an awful lot. When you evaluated my report for post 413 above, did you find him to be just helpful enough not to be considered spamming?
What ChrisJohnsSkills has posted in the last few days is not spam. Yes, he's usually pointing to his company for more information, but anyone on the forums is welcome to link to any outside resource that's useful and relevant, whether or not they work for the company.
Also, this particular company (Infinite Skills) is a training partner of Adobe's, so I have some confidence in the value of its training materials.
Thanks, Terri. I'm pretty sensitive to folks just here to try to drag people to their own web site, and I've never been quite sure of how much of that is allowed.
Just as an example, sometimes folks ask how to make the kinds of effects my own commercial software makes, and I've avoided providing links on the general principle that I don't want to be a spammer.
I understand your reticence. It can be a fine line, especially if there's already a way in, say, Photoshop that can make the effects people want to create. But it's perfectly acceptable to say something like, "Here's how to do it in Photoshop: [insert long-winded explanation]. If you don't want to go through all those steps, you can accomplish the same thing more quickly with software like [insert your app here]. Full disclosure: I make and sell that app."