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Let's say a new question is posted, and I've answered that question before in depth. If I link to my answer in my comment, would that be considered "promoting" that answer - an attempt to gain more upvotes for that answer? Is it acceptable, or would I receive criticism for doing so, even though it was unintentional?

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That's okay. Just don't overdo it. – Daniel Fischer May 16 '13 at 12:58
Linking to anywhere is allowed in comment, except for blatant advertisement/spam/malware. – nhahtdh May 16 '13 at 13:01
Why wouldn't you mark the question as a duplicate? – Al E. May 16 '13 at 13:02
@AlEverett good point. Sometimes, however, the question is not an exact dupe, but the answer still applies. In those situations I might add a comment, instead of voting to close. – Volatility May 16 '13 at 13:11
up vote 14 down vote accepted

Is it acceptable to linking our answer?

Yes it is acceptable. It is not considered as self promoting for upvotes. If you think the question is same then you can close/flag the question as a duplicate.

Would that be considered "promoting" that answer?

No. In fact it is considered a good behavior for not posting the same answer twice.

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Thanks for the clarification! – Volatility May 16 '13 at 13:12

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