Welcome to the SDMB, crimpedlioness. I hope you enjoy the time you spend here.
I’m sorry, I don’t have the answer you requested, but I’m going to keep checking back to the thread to see if anyone comes up with something.
I’ll also remark that WAGs (Wild-Assed Guesses) are frowned up on in GQ (at least for the first few responses), but my WAG is that every single online ad of that type is a lead-in to a sales pitch that could be legitimately characterized as a scam (at least colloquially, if not legally).
I wish. Lately they’re getting more sophisticated. On one board I moderate they often won’t even post a link at all in their first message, and their questions/comments often sound fairly on-topic and at least marginally intelligent.
I can still smell the canned meat from many yards away, and ban their sorry selves immediately. However, sometimes I have to take all of 5-8 seconds to figure out if they’re spamming.
Not really. We had one about 1 question on the boards a few years ago that asked a question about the exact kind of link: the one about a mystical teeth whitening trick, invented by a local mom. Answered by many Dopers. It is a legitimate question, if not a legitimate OP.
Or, more accurately, it IS a message board that attracts people who ask about such links.