I can't imagine why else the spammers are getting increasingly lazy and not even trying to make it look like their contributions are nothing but ads. (Of course, chances are by the time most people read this post, the most recent spam posts will have been deleted, but for the moment they're there.)
This is completely my own opinion, she clarifies, as if it could possibly be anything else. If it ends up stirring up issues for the forum, my apologies.
Echoing back a few months to why "marketing" has such a bad reputation...those people are why. The very least they could do is to make some slight effort toward a vague indication they might have something of interest to the community (because that's what a forum is, regardless of how loose a community it forms) that is not complete and utter biased self-promotion. There's a fine line, but we all know when it's been crossed and the person talking with us is suddenly talking at us and they're not viewing us as another human being, but as a potential cash source.
Sure, spam is annoying, but if there's at least an interesting (which is decidedly not one-dimensional) story along with it, it might be at least good for a laugh or some thought. Come on, people! If you're going to go through the trouble of creating an account to log into, and then inundate us all with product promotions several of us will end up reporting to the moderator, at least make it interesting or amusing to read. Unimaginative advertising makes everyone who advertises look bad. Show some respect for your fellow spammers.
(And yes, this is rather tongue-in-cheek, as I'd rather they go back to spamming email addresses that have excellent spam filters so we never see their efforts. What can I say, it's been slow again lately.)