This particular case isn't too bad but we see this enough that I was just wondering. Should we tolerate this from first time users? Should the links be deleted? Is there anything in the forum rules that would prohibit this type of behavior? Should there be?
I guess I'm looking for:
1) An opinion from quark since he is the admin.
2) Opinions from other mods on how you handle this
3) Opinions from everybody else about what you think should be done.
Data does need to be collected for surveys and school projects - I understand this. But asking people at a stats forum to take your survey isn't a very good random sample and it straddles the line between actual content and spam.