Linked Questions

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When is it appropriate to link to your own paywalled website from your answers? [duplicate]

I've encountered this answer on SO. At the end of the answer the user has placed a link to his article on a 3rd party site that requires paid subscription before reading articles. This makes the link ...
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Why were my answers about using a library I've created deleted? [duplicate]

A Stack Overflow moderator, Bill The Lizard, just erased almost all answers I've given. They are valid though! They are in context with the questions made, and yes, they redirect people to use a ...
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How to not get suprised to learn your answers got deleted [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Limits for self-promotion in answers Currently, I have a few answers that link to my blog posts. I do this because the answers and concepts are pretty long-winded. Recently a ...
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Are these type of answers considered self promoting? [duplicate]

This user has an unusually large amount of answers where he seems to almost always point to WPF Application Framework (WAF) - http://waf.codeplex.com The questions have around a long time so I'm ...
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What is the correct way to add your own commercial product to an answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I mention my own products in answers? Limits for self-promotion in answers My company has a product that is the answer to many questions on Stack Overflow. The ...
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Should answers by new users who seem to have signed up just to recommend a site/product multiple times be flagged as spam? [duplicate]

Every now and then, when reviewing the New answers to old questions list, I find answers recommending a third-party tool or site. They're probably not the best kind of answer but in the context of ...
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Is it allowed to put links to personal technical blogs having advertising in SO answers or comment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Limits for self-promotion in answers I understand that one should not excessively promote a product or a website via SO. Yet, I maintain a technical blog with my own personal ...
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How to respond to potential conflicts of interest in answers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I mention my own products in answers? Limits for self-promotion in answers How can I link to an external resource in a community-friendly way? I've come across ...
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Lack of disclosure where disclosure is required vs. voluntary disclosure where none is strictly required [duplicate]

Problem (The question will be found at the end, Question.) As a user of any Stack Exchange's community, you most likely stumbled through a post where for you that would be considered spam, but you'...
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Self Promotion Rules [duplicate]

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 ...
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On-topic commercial self-promotion [duplicate]

User amrith has posted several answers, all of which are on-topic but are essentially advertisements for software his company has for sale. They are also formatted like an email instead of an answer. ...
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What is the Stack Overflow policy on plugging your own product when relevant? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it appropriate to mention my product in a StackOverflow answer? Limits for self-promotion in answers I openly admit it in the answer that I am a developer working on the (...
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Can I create a self-answered question and add my website as a reference? [duplicate]

I've some interesting Q&A posts about programming in my personal blog and I would like to post these questions (and the respective answers) on Stack Overflow, because a lot of people can be helped ...
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Moderators… on Cross Validated [duplicate]

Suppose there is a question, "How to get started with applying item response theory and what software to use?" Suppose the top-rated answer cites my name and work a couple of times. Suppose all ...
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Is it considered bad form to link to paid tutorial? [duplicate]

I've made a Pluralsight training course for users of my open source library, as a resource to help answer in detail lots of the most commonly asked questions. You do however need to be a Pluralsight ...
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Is the new “Software Recommendations” Stack Exchange a trap to catch people who have written tools and then recommend them there? [duplicate]

Background: I'm a bit alarmed and discouraged after having my Arduino Stack Exchange account suddenly suspended without warning for linking to a library I wrote and put on my website, as an after-...
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Cancel misclicked flags

I'm wondering (since it just happened to me), is it possible to "cancel" ("undo", "delete", "retract", whatever) a flag I just raised if I misclicked it, so the mods won't waste time? I looked ...
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How do I mention my own products in answers? [duplicate]

Twice now I've seen questions on Stack Overflow where one of my company's products might provide an answer to the question. One was a slightly vague connection about object-relational mapping, but ...
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Defining the limits of self-promotion

First: DO NOT LYNCH THIS USER. Please. Calmly read what I'm about to write before doing anything. This post is not meant to be an incentive to attack a user, but a discussion about the issues. ...
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Limits for self promotion, round II

We have a moderator, casperOne, that has decided to start deleting my responses. I thought this topic had been beaten to death, and that I was operating within the limits of established policy: ...
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Encyclopedia Stack Exchange vs. commercial products

We are having a discussion over on Stack Overflow about whether or not people representing a commercial product can answer their own questions about their own product. To make it more concrete, ...
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What is the view on accounts shared by multiple users on Stack Overflow?

It has been my understanding that accounts are suppose to be for a specific user. This user, Devart, is a company: LinqConnect by Devart. No doubt, this account has provided some quality answers. ...
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Is “useful” Spam allowed?

Let's start with an example question on Super User: I want to insert pictures and words into a video, and the graphic file is in PNG format. Here's an example answer: You can easily do that ...
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Is it offensive if a competitor of a vendor calls that vendor “worst, monstrous, overpriced, useless”?

Edit 2: Thanks all for answering/commenting, especially the ones with criticism and critique: those helped me best at getting a feel for how this should work. I have upvoted the answers and comments ...
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I was suspended 1 day after already being contacted by a moderator, is this a moderator error?

June 13: I answered several questions related to "how to make a carousel view (UI element) for Android OS" by giving them a few hints and a link to my blog: http://www.pocketmagic.net/2013/06/a-3d-...
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Allow 10k users to disagree with spam/offensive flags

As the number of high rep users increases, so does the number of users able to see the currently flagged posts. This leads to the issue that if 1 in 10 people think that a post is spam when looking ...
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Limits for self-promotion, round IV

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 ...
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Is this user advertising his product acceptable?

I noticed quite a number of posts where someone would advertise an alternative serialization library, since I more or less follow the boost-serialization tag. Just now, I got another one: Packing ...
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1 year account suspension without warning?

Why was my account suspended for a year without any warning? I had posted answers wherein I recommended software made by the company I work for. I tried to be thorough with my responses and only post ...
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Is This User a Spammer?

Most of the answers of user424257 are to questions about FTP. This user almost always recommends the WebDAV products of this company: http://www.webdavsystem.com/server/. I have suggested in comments ...
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Does being a contributor or owner of an open source project count as it being “yours”?

How close does a user have to be to an open source project before they have to acknowledge their involvement or provide a disclaimer of their relationship with the product? The FAQ entry on "Self-...
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Flagging hidden spam?

I'm wondering whats the policy on "hidden" spam. Today I reviewed one of the "late answers". E.g.. An OP posts a question. Someone answers the questions and embeds in his code: http://cool-...
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Reason for deletion of good answers from the developer

I have recently written three answers with recommendations for the product where I'm a developer. In answers I pointed out clearly that I'm developer and that the product is commercial. Answers were ...
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Suspension for… Promotional Content?

One of our most trusted users in Puzzling.SE was suspended for... uh... promotional content? This seems to be pretty harsh with like a half year suspension for this user. In the blogpost, A Day in ...
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Is it ok to push your own product on SO

Is it ok to use SO to push a (open source) product for which you are offering (commercial) support? By pushing I mean mentioning your product and how it is doing "better" than concurrent products in ...
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Has there been an uptick in spam votes against established questions? [closed]

The last few days seem to have seen the resurgence of some old conflicts on Stack Overflow. In particular there have been attempts to delete some old and popular but non-technical questions(*) and a ...
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What are limitations on self-answered questions?

Here I see that "Stack Exchange has always explicitly encouraged users to answer their own questions". But is there any limitations on the self-answered questions? I guess they are surely must be on-...
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Are all of this guy's answers really spam?

I just noticed that this post: ASP.NET MVC CAPTCHA as well as every other answer by https://stackoverflow.com/users/446532/konstantin-nizhegorodov has been deleted after being flagged as spam. For ...
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Why was Ira Baxter's answer deleted?

This answer seems like a good answer from an informed user, and a respected name I recognise from the "language community" on the net over many, many years. Why on earth was the answer deleted? From ...
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FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

Community FAQ For sites in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network To see a list of commonly used words and phrases, see the glossary. For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. Asking ...
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What is too much self-promotion, and where do we draw the line?

See also: How to deal with persistent Spam-User? and How to deal with Spam-Users? I've been stumbling upon more and more users which fulfill all of these points: 1 Rep Company website as homepage in ...
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PHPKode.com links spamming Stack Overflow

Spam users are injecting bad content linking to phpkode.com. From a cursory search for "PHPKode": Exhibit A Exhibit B (Posing as a question, "PHP Framework" Massive Google bombing attempt) Exhibit C ...
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Should the posts of this user be considered spam?

I've been trying to help out on Who wants to go spam hunting?. I came across this user on Stack overflow: https://stackoverflow.com/users/589836/g1smd I've read Jeff's Answer on Self-Promotion. ...
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Extent of loosely relevant self-promotion

Receiving a comment on a post to a $999 product, I've noticed this user repeatedly posting links to their product. Predominately within comments, there are also answers that loosely disclose their ...
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On-topic self promotion

Have a look at this guy. Everything he posts is a link to one of his tutorials. However, it's always on-topic (as far as I can tell). Three of his posts are flagged as spam (the count is 3 votes each ...
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Using SO as commercial tech support FAQ

I just saw this question and answer pair posted on SO. Though I don't have a problem with either people posting own answer or people asking questions about specific software libraries, I feel a line ...
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Concerns regarding deleted answers

I could understand why the following posts may look like spam, however they perfectly answer the requested problems. I spent a good amount of time creating this fix and wanted to share it so that ...
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Is it OK to self-promote a package/library/tool you have developed as a Q/A?

I rarely mark questions or answers as spam because I actually find very few under the r where I'm most active, but I did do so the other day, and my flag was declined. This is the question, um... in ...
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Disputed spam flag

I flagged an answer as spam (relevant question here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/22513790/how-to-convert-cmt-files-to-jpg-or-png/22513975#22513975) and the flag was disputed. As far as I can ...
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Does this count as spam?

This user has posted the same answer on four different SO questions, all linking to a certain project's website.

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