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A few days later my moderators pick up on a spammer posting links and solicitations all over the site trying to drum up business. Coincidentally the spammer is promoting the same company I just quoted for advertising... ;-)
Obviously my mods nuked the account, but what do you do from a business perspective? In this economy, do I need to put that crap aside and still pursue their business, or just drop them like a bad habit (which is what I want to do, and what I typically did in the past).
I just hate to see money walk out the door, but obviously there is an ethics issue here... and if I was to do business with him, it would be on a pre-pay only basis...
What do you think? Keep in mind our income streams have been drying up lately, and we are really looking to land some more ad partners.
Thanks for any feedback.
Since this post, the guy actually emailed us and said he noticed his account was removed, and wanted to know if he had violated our site rules. He went on to say he was only "testing" out our site for conversions for his site by posting links to his site. He posted about 18 spam comments before a mod nuked his account.
So he did come clean once he got nuked... I guess I'll wait to see if he comes back and inquires with our ad department...
This spammer revealed a trend of hesitance amongst potential advertisers. It might be worthwhile to offer a taste sample of your traffic (without giving the store away).
Just a thought.