If you are visiting here from Stackoverflow.com, welcome. Today some Moderator at StackOverflow decided to remove 4 or 5 of my answers, because they all contained a link to my blog.

May I promote products or websites I am affiliated with here?

Be careful, because the community frowns on overt self-promotion and tends to vote it down and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your product or website, so be it. However, you must disclose your affiliation in your answers.

If a huge percentage of your posts include a mention of your product or website, you’re probably here for the wrong reasons. Our advertising rates are quite reasonable; contact our ad sales team for details. We also offer free community promotion ads for open source projects and non-profit organizations.

Indeed in the FAQ it says that that is not allowed. However my answers were tailored to the questions and were in each case a correct and useful answer. The link to my blog is because I don’t want to repeat myself, plus you cannot post screenshots easily in StackOverflow. If I spend 4 hours to write a detailed tutorial with lots of screenshots,  that answers relevant SO questions, I don’t see a reason why it is not allowed to link to it. My code is open source under MIT license. I don’t have a lot of advertisement on my blog. Hell, google adsense hasn’t paid out for more than two years now. I don’t even sell anything.

So in the future, I’m no longer posting to SO myself. If you find a relevant question on SO that one of my blogposts answers, you may ofcourse link to them.


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