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Questions tagged [self-promotion]

Fine line between spamming and coincidentally owning or developing a resource that happens to also answer the question

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How do I spread the news of my new chat room?

What should you do if you make a new chat room, and you want people to know about it? Do you post something in the meta of that site, or do you just find similar chat rooms?
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Can I use Stack Exchange to tell people about my new tool or technology [duplicate]

I have created some useful tools and I am willing to put all those tools on a website and let people use those tools and donate me money if they like it. These tools are related to web design and ...
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Is constantly promoting our own posts by linking them in our own posts and/or in chat messages considered a fair practice?

First of all, since i post primarily on Hinduism SE, all my example posts are taken from that site. Secondly, all the example posts, that i am using in this post, are linked to one user only. But, i ...
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How to distinguish ham from spam

On my way to familiarize myself with flagging I sometimes have to risk a decline to explore the limits. On that occasion, I stumbled over a border where I would like to ask for clarification. We use ...
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Is it appropriate for a moderator to delete a question based on borderline self-promotion rather than closing or putting on hold?

I'm on a team that develops APIs for developers to create apps within our platform. We thought Stack Overflow was an appropriate place to do Q&A specifically for programming questions about our ...
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Can I answer all questions about my product or is it self-promotion? [duplicate]

Does answering all questions about a product that I'm working on is considered self-promotion? I'm asking because of this part in FAQ: If a large percentage of your posts include a mention of your ...
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Place for indie developers to promote their own software

Within the Stack Exchange ecosystem, is there a place for indie developers to post links to their software? Promote, Test, Discuss, and Brag about it? If no, then why not?
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What to do with images that contains self-advertising?

Notice: this question is meant to be a followup of this one. Please notice that this isn't a dupe either, as the question I am asking is related but different and isn't answered in the accepted answer ...
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Is it ok to use a QR code as an avatar?

I just noticed someone doing that on Youtube, and realized that this would be a great way to drive traffic to a personal / company / github page. Anywhere that your gravatar is shown, you are showing ...
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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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Is it OK to include my own library in my answer to my own question? [duplicate]

I wanted to do something in a programming language once. The only way to do it back then was pretty verbose, so I created an open source library to make it much easier. It's encouraged to answer ...
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Can I refer to my other answers when answering

Like most people on here I have a slight allergy to promotion. However rather often I find that an answer could be completed by referring to another answer. And because I can remember my own answers ...
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Why was my post edited for “spam”? [closed]

According to this answer self-promotion is okay if all of the following apply: you paraphrase the content of the linked item (possibly omitting details or examples) you identify the author (...
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The page “What kind of behavior is expected of users?” should include a link to “How not to be a spammer”

The help/behavior page has a brief section Avoid overt self-promotion. I think it should include a link to the recently added help/promotion page with much more specific guidance. This would be ...
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Can the spam flag description be reworded?

For flag > spam, the description is as follows: This answer is effectively an advertisement with no disclosure. It is not useful or relevant, but promotional. This is good for a post such as ...
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Affiliation with organization and its products/services in the response

I recently started on Stack Exchange, and have found myself in sort of a dilemma. When my answer is based on the technologies that are shipped by my employer (Microsoft), I am always in a quandary as ...
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Is it appropriate to move extra info from my answer to a blog post?

I have a answer to this question on Stack Overflow that has generated some good attention, but has grown rather large as I continue to update it and make modifications based on comments. The post ...
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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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Should legitimate answers be deleted because of a user's history of self promotion?

Here's my question in a nutshell: is deleting legitimate answers from a user an appropriate way to deal with excessive self promotion? While looking for solutions to a problem I was facing, I came ...
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Posting URL to a Blog [duplicate]

I wanted to know is, is it violate any rules if I wrote a blog post for a given question and post it as a answer for that question. There might be many reasons that answer is more suited as a blog ...
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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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What are the guidelines for sharing blog posts and when it becomes self promotion? [duplicate]

I'm thinking about posting some pieces of code and small tutos on a blog. I'm currently writing these for myself and thought it could be nice to share it with the community. Then it got me thinking: ...
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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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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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Do I need to disclose my affiliation on non-promotional, technical answers on my project

As a web search will tell you, I'm a committer on the Tycho project. This means that I'm affiliated with the project, and according to the FAQ, implies that I need to state that affiliation in every ...
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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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Community flagging questions with links as spam

I just asked this question and some of the answers I received were quite interesting. For those of you interested here is the question. Now the generally feeling got from this question which asks ...
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Using “answer your own question” to advertise completed open source project?

I'm pretty sure using the "answer your own question" feature of stackexchange is considered spam/abuse, but wanted to doublecheck. My situation: I had a problem I couldn't find a solution I wrote a ...
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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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Comment link from one answer of a question to another answer on the same question

I often see comments on a highly rated or accepted answer that looks something like For an awesome solution to this problem see http://stackoverflow.com/a/blah/blah Then when I click on the link, ...
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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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What signifies “Good” self promotion? (or: Self Promotion Part Infinity)

We've been through the self-promotion discussion before, many, many, many times. We've even produced a proposed FAQ entry for it. However, with all these examples of what not to do, it's still hard ...
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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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Linking to answers - possible “self promotion”?

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 ...
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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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Is editing answers to link to a tutorial on your own website/blog tolerated?

I've been reviewing a few Suggested Edits this morning on SO and I've noticed that one guy has gone through a couple of answers involving "StartSSL", editing them to include: Here is how to get a ...
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Self-promotion in chat

We know from the FAQ on self-promotion that it is accepted only in a limited way in answers and frowned upon if found to be spammy. We know from this question that it can be deleted at any time from ...
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Suggestion for new feature related to self-promoting on-topic answers

The SO FAQ on self-promoting answers does not allow too many answers from one person that promotes his/her product as a solution to the question asked, even if it has full disclosure, wasn't framed ...
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How many layers of indirection void the “disclose your affiliation if you promote your product” rule?

This answer by a user has an interesting editing history. He wrote a promotional answer (and 5 others) Those answers were flagged as spam and they were removed. He changed this particular answer to ...
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Self-promotion in comments

Is self-promotion in comments allowed or less frowned upon? The FAQ on Self-Promotion mentions answers, but doesn't say anything about comments. I've searched meta but it doesn't seem discussed, at ...
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Is adding a note in the user profile notes enough disclosure? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I mention my own products in answers? Suppose I am the developer of a free software project, and I write a note in my profile about being the maintainer, or co-...
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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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Can I post a link to my OpenGL ES 2.0 tutorials for iOS?

I have started a new series of OpenGL ES 2.0 tutorials for iOS (with code source available under GPL). I would like to know if I can share a link to the tutorials on your community forums. I read the ...
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Limits for self promotion, round III

The chat has come across a case where one user does something similar to Ira. From the few of his recent answers I looked at, it seems he hasn't done it as badly as Ira Baxter did. But then he goes ...
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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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how to avoid banning for posting a link [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? How can I link to an external resource in a community-friendly way? I just a posted an ...
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A case of self promotion

I have noticed a few posts promoting a product called HiqPDF wihtin a short time frame, and I wonder if it is the same person using different user names. If this is the case, would it be considered ...
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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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Referencing my SO answers in promotion material

I mostly answer questions regarding a specific tool on SO. I also provide professional services around this tool. I would like to use my answers in my own promotion material, primarily by linking to ...
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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, ...