I've been having some sneaking suspicions about one of our newer users, and I've run into what I perceive as, at best, shady behaviour.
This user has asked a few questions, and gotten some answers, and he answered one himself before it got closed. In his answer, he links to a blog. This blog is fairly low quality from my point of view, and the primary purpose seems to be to drive viewers to the paid guides.
For the most part, that just means it's a bad blog, and I ignore it. However, I have learned that our user is the owner of said blog, and had not disclosed it as such until we confronted him about it. He edited the answer with his link to make the disclaimer. A little shady, but he makes up for it by conforming to the rules.
We got another question from the user a couple days later. He gets an answer, so that's all good.
Here's where it gets interesting: Later that day, he writes an article on his blog that incorporates the details he got from his answers, and other related answers on different questions. This article has some decent detail, and links back to the developer for various bits, but any information that comes from Arqade has no attribution at all.
My understanding of the CC-wiki license is that if information is gathered from the SE network, that attribution must be visible and linked on the page it is used. I can find no such link on this article at all.
I want to clarify: this user is not just straight copying and pasting; he is paraphrasing. I believe the attribution requirement is non-negotiable, however.
The article also has a link at the end to one of his paid guides. So, in essence, he's using information gathered from other sources (some here, some the developer), without providing proper attribution, in order to drive sales. This, to me, is highly unethical.
From the timing of his article, it seems at least his latest question was asked specifically to gather more information that he could use in his article, and thereby lend more legitimacy to his paid guides.
What do we do?
What do we do in cases like this? I'd care less (but I'd still care) if he was just writing articles to help gather viewers and disseminate information. I'd say he should just add an attribution and keep on going.
But what about when the purpose of the articles is to drive sales to his guides? The vast majority of the posts I checked on his blog all have links to his paid guides at the end. If it matters, all these "guides" use those giant sales pages that go on forever.
I am not mentioning any specific details due to trying to generalize the question, and preferably not prejudice anyone against them, in case it turns out he's not doing anything wrong. I've asked about this in chat, so most of you will know who I'm talking about regardless. If details are required, I can edit them in upon request.