Samsung agency is buying off StackOverflow users

UPDATE Just got this email:

Hello Recipients,

My name is James Yoo, Director of Operations for Fllu. There has been contact that was made from our company regarding promotional opportunities, specifically to be made via public community channels - namely Stackexchange/Stackoverflow. Please note that our request to promote via these public channels is a breach against their Terms of Service and could result in your account being terminated. We do not condone such actions that contradict the respective forum policies and would like to redact any correspondences made.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you and best regards.

Uh huh. So you read the ToS. Next you might figure out that StackOverflow sells ad space and you could run legitimate campaigns there!

If being against the ToS is the only thing in your way, you’re still on my don’t-want-to-hear-about-anything-you-touch-ever-again list.

I just feel bad about the guys who’ve already posted about it and might not get their $500. Wait. No, I don’t. Screw those guys.


I love StackOverflow. I really do. Recently, I’ve had way too much free time on my hands and I’ve been accruing Internet Points:

The majority of that is from the Android tag. What can I say? I enjoy tracking down class loading problems.

Apparently, that caught the attention of John Yoon, who left a comment on this post.

Hi Delyan,

I found you via Stackoverflow. Sorry I am writing in the comment section but I couldn’t find an email address. I was wondering if you would be interested in doing a small partnership to promote the upcoming Samsung Smart App Challenge. We need guys that know about Android Apps on Stackoverflow. So if you are interested please email me

I was super excited! I’m new to this blog game and this comment is validating both my blog and my StackOverflow efforts!

So, I shot back this brusque email, thinking they need someone to provide support in their forums, or help out teams or do the challenge or…

Hi John,

You recently got in touch at my blog ( asking if I was interested in doing something with the Samsung Smart App Challenge. I’ll cut to the chase - what’s the challenge, what would be my participation in it, what’s the timeframe and why me? :)

Thanks, – Delyan Sent from my phone

Having seen the title of this post, you can probably guess how he replied (emphasis mine):

Hi Delyan,

We are in charge of getting the word out about SSAC (Samsung Smart App Challenge) for Stackoverflow. There are a lot of Android App developers on the site that don’t even know about the contest. The contest is pretty big. You can check out the details for the contest here. [link redacted]. We contacted members that we feel know something about Androids and Android Apps. Also those that are ACTIVE on Stackoverflow… 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. We don’t want to SPAM…I repeat we don’t want you to spam the message boards with links to the contest. The questions should be casual and organic. Like “Anyone know anything about SSAC? or…“Need some feedback on the app I am about to enter for the Samsung Smart App Challenge.” You have a dialogue with people that reply. That is it! 4 questions spread out over a month (August 31st is the deadline to enter). Replies to others posts about the SSAC (you will get responses because we have other members doing the same thing you are doing). We are willing to pay $500 just for that. Not a lot of work…since you are involved in Stackoverflow ANYWAY. If you are still interested please let me know.



How do I put this politely?


First, it’s clear that this guy is totally out of touch with what StackOverflow is - if anyone posted “questions” like that on StackOverflow, they’d be downvoted to -∞.

Second, it insulting to me to expect that I’d violate the community I’ve put so much effort into for a few bucks. Had they approached me to ask that I promote the competition legitimately, I would’ve been happy to do it out of goodwill.

Lastly, “Androids”?! Really?!

I know this isn’t Samsung’s fault directly but please, please help me prevent FLLU and Samsung from getting away with this! Spread the word, don’t let them undermine the few good communities we’ve created out there on the interwebz!

I’ve notified StackExchange, hopefully they can do something about it on their end.

Edit: fixed spelling, redacted link so that I don’t drive traffic to them.

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