Playing with the new SE app, I came across an old meta answer of mine, and getting curious I looked at the guy's latest answers. Of the 30 latest answers on his SO page (as of now all from the last three weeks), one third of the answers either mention his business' products or link to them or link to answers doing this or show code for such a tool – or any combination of these.
While I only checked his latest answers (I'm on mobile right now), if this is what he's been doing in the last year, it is a noticeable step-down from the extend he used to spam us with and the posts that I saw, are certainly more relevant than they used to be. Still, if he hadn't been even worse than this, I would not have hesitated at all to ring the bell on the current state of affairs. But even though I now do now hesitate (it's not as bad as it used to be, is it?), I post this anyway, because, as casparOne said:
I'd consider the bar lowered for tolerance on this kind of behavior
Please also note that I as well as others remember this guy pretty well from Usenet, where he was doing just that in the 90s.
Well, what do you folks say? Is this now toned down enough? Can you live with it? Am I just being paranoid?
P.S.: To save you the trouble of clicking through all these answers:
- Representing an Abstract Syntax Tree in C (Comment)
- https://stackoverflow.com/a/21095783/140719 (links to promotional answer)
- https://stackoverflow.com/a/21103791/140719 (links to promotional answer)
Note that I wouldn't object to many of these individually. It's the amount (11 out of 30) that I object against.