Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Aug 2013 14:07 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Apparently, an advertising agency hired by Samsung is trying to buy people to post questions about the company on StackOverflow. This is what Delyan Kratunov was asked to do (he declined):

All we need you to do is talk about the SSAC (Samsung Smart App Challenge) and get the word out. How? We were thinking about 4 questions on Stackoverflow over the span of a month..... as well as replies to posts made by other members. Don't worry about finding the questions to reply to because we will send you links.

Stay classy, Samsung.

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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Oh this happens a lot - in fact, I'm pretty sure out comment sections, too, are... Visited by people who are being paid to post.

It's hard to prove, though.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Actually it goes deeper than that, certain supposedly independent industry or subject websites are actually run by just or for one company from that industry.

They might review products of different vendors or talk about tips. "what to look for in a X", where X is a feature only very few vendors have support for in their products.

It doesn't really matter, as long as you get the message out about the advantages of certain products from a certain company while still have a veil of independence.

It's the same like certain industry magazines have articles written by and paid for (like an ad) by vendors.

Edited 2013-08-01 14:42 UTC

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Oh this happens a lot - in fact, I'm pretty sure out comment sections, too, are... Visited by people who are being paid to post.

It's hard to prove, though.

I find it scarier that the people you suspect are being paid are _not_ being paid.

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abdavidson Member since:
2005-07-06

Man I totally wish I was being paid to post comments. ;)

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