I came across this post yesterday:


The answer is fine, and contains reasonable content; however, it includes a signature with a link to the author's web site. The link is unrelated to the contents of the post.

I initially edited the post to remove the signature; the rest of the content was fine, and isn't spam. However, the link has since been edited back in.

What's the correct approach here? I could flag as spam, but the post isn't really spam? I could raise a generic flag? Or I could edit it again, but edit wars are something I avoid. Or I could just leave it alone; it's not really hurting anyone, I guess. How do we normally deal with this?

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Our official stance is here:

Do not use signature, taglines, or greetings.

Every post you make is already “signed” with your standard user card, which links directly back to your user page. If you use an additional signature or tagline, it will be removed to reduce noise in the questions and answers.

Your user page belongs to you — fill it with information about your interests, links to stuff you’ve worked on, or whatever else you like!

It's not a high priory, but they should be removed. In general try to explain either in the edit summary or a comment on the post. If there are edit conflicts and rollbacks happening you can flag it for moderator attention with the custom flag with an explanation and we can take a look.

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    Ah, that's where it was hiding. Sounds pretty much as I thought. Thanks.
    – endorph
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 5:15

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