I have been using Stack Overflow for some time now and find it a great Q&A site where I have got a lot of help and, I hope, have been able to give back something from time to time. I am now thinking of

  1. completing the answer to one of my own unanswered questions with a link back to one of my own sites where I offer the missing utility (for free) to handle the task I queried about
  2. Providing as an answer to an existing question by another Stack Overflow user a link to one of my own sites. I should mention that the original question is more than a year old. I should also mention that one of the answers links to another product which is now a commercial offering whilst the link I would provide is to a product that is still in beta and it is in fact a fully relevant answer to the question "in question".

If either or both of these are going to go down badly with the Stack Overflow community then I simply will not do what I have in mind. In any case, I thought it best to check first.

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    Self-promotion is largely valid, if kept to a reasonable level and is fully disclosed. Apply some common sense, don't spam, fully disclose how you are related to the products, and you should be fine. – J. Steen May 7 '13 at 7:28
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    Oh, and to add - if the answer contains just the disclosure and a link to the project, it will probably rather quickly be deleted as a Link Only Answer. Doing as you're suggesting - building out existing answers with further information - should be acceptable. – J. Steen May 7 '13 at 7:35
  • Thanks. With my own question the only answers I was given were inadequate since the utility I was seeking didn't actually exist - at least not to the knowledge of the SO members that saw the question. With the other question (not from me) there are a few answers many of which provide links to 3rd party, paid-for, services. If I were to provide my own link I think it would enrich that set of answers and provide readers, and the person who asked the question, a wider field of options to choose from. – DroidOS May 7 '13 at 7:40
  • It might help the reader find another, better tool, but shopping questions are unsuitable for Stack Overflow to begin with - therefore (new) answers to (old) shopping questions are likely to be removed if they contain little else than a link. Elaborate about why your tool is better, if you feel the need to answer that type of question - provide some cool code that targets the specific problem, explain, help. =) – J. Steen May 7 '13 at 8:54
  • Thanks. I'll bear all that in mind. – DroidOS May 7 '13 at 9:09

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