A new user has shown up with what appears to be a "I've never seen this one before, but I know spam when I smell it" username, rather than spamming links in answers. I can't recall any mention of "not spamming" in the username rules - I can't even recall what rules there even are for choosing a username. But I know spam when I smell it. Having commented without any effect, is there a process for flagging such things, or is this a loophole that will have to await a rules change to deal with?

How should I insulate my workshop

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    Found this on meta.StackExchange
    – Tester101
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 14:50
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    So: A loophole full of reconstituted meat. Ah, well.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 18:06
  • The user probably had no intention of spamming at all. Many, many accounts like it on SO, as linked in the post @Tester101 referred to: stackoverflow.com/…
    – Tim Malone
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 10:33

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Looking at the user's profile and questions they are asking on other sites, along with the web page they are linking to, I believe this falls short of the typical spam we would remove. The url doesn't appear to be the focus of any of their questions, but more of a personal reference, and the content of their questions aren't stepping over the line of the self promotion policy. To create a policy about url's in a user name, I believe that needs to move up to the SE meta site.

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    Tester101 has found an existing MSE thread that shows the dead horse to have been beaten, sliced, and packed in cans, so I guess we're stuck with it.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 18:14
  • Yep: "You're free to put anything you like (as long as it isn't pronographic or otherwise offensive)"
    – Mazura
    Commented May 13, 2016 at 1:57

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