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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
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    Why wouldn't you mark the question as a duplicate? – ale May 16 '13 at 13:02
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    @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
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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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