In this answer I cited some work I did a while ago.

To what extent should we allow self-linking? I have noticed in some cases there is self-linking that is only tangentially related to the question. (I'll give the example I had in mind if need be, but if not it'd be nicer not to call the user out before we've discussed the issue.)

What policy should we have to deal with cases of vanity-linking? I would propose that any time a user puts a link to content they have generated (or participated in generating), they explicitly state that it's their content.

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Should this be tagged as faq? . –  Dimensio1n0 Aug 13 '13 at 16:22
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I think that's a pretty general rule across SE sites, that you should disclose personal connections whenever you reference something you're involved with.

Beyond that, I don't see anything wrong with linking to (or otherwise referencing) your own content, as long as it's relevant to the question being asked or answered. For any given question, there's a decent chance that people who are qualified to answer it will already have done some work in the subject, and it'd be a shame if they weren't able to cite that work freely. Plus, it seems fair that people who contribute a lot to the site can be rewarded with the occasional opportunity to plug their own work.

On the other hand, it certainly is possible to abuse the ability to post self-promotional links. When an established user does it once in a while, that's probably okay, but a newer user who links to their own content in a majority of their posts, regardless of disclosure (but especially if they don't disclose a personal connection), could be considered to be spamming the site, which is not allowed. If you see that sort of thing happening, and if it's clear that it's not just an isolated incident, don't hesitate to flag it as spam or for moderator attention.

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