Recently have make a post on Tools for automating document compilation which won a bounty. So I was thinking to make a git repository to put my code and even more documentation. Of course I'll put the link in my post.

First what about this "self-promotion" of my own code?

In the other hand when I saw this post: Conditional compilation of code based on package version where the OP said:

I am working on a document with a colleague and we have different versions of PGF/Tikz installed -- I have version 3 and he has version 2.10. This is causing a problem for compilation on our two platforms because the syntax for defining matrices in tikz changed slightly from version 2.1 to 3.0.

I was thinking to post a link to the first link I made which could also be considered as auto promotion and even more if I made a "real" project on git repository.

According to this post about self promotion, the link could be provide if it's a real answer not just a link. But for the second link the answer should be only: "you can use my tools using this link".

So the question is how should I deal with this if I make my project real?

  • 6
    IMHO: Anything helping others is great. Just explain yourself.
    – Johannes_B
    Jul 17, 2014 at 20:11
  • 6
    Linking within comments to other posts one has made is absolutely correct, there is nothing bad in it, as long you think your 'older' post will be helpful, but I would not post just an real link-answer in this case.
    – user31729
    Jul 17, 2014 at 20:19
  • 5
    If your tool answers the OP's problem, I believe you can post a link to it, with a detailed explanation of what it does and how it works. Alternatively, you can post the code as it currently is (if not too long) and add a link to the git repo saying that more up to date versions will be found there. Jul 19, 2014 at 14:29
  • Thanks for all the comments. So I'll know how to do when the case will be present (and when I'll make a good git repo :-): A link to the code saying "it's a code I made which can help you because of this, that, .." Jul 21, 2014 at 6:28
  • Thanks for asking, I actually have my own tool to throw into the ring.
    – Raphael
    Jul 21, 2014 at 17:41

1 Answer 1


The rule of thumb about self-promotion: if you link one or two times to something you did (or even are just a fan of), it's fine, but if every post you make contains a link to the same place, you're probably Doing It Wrong.

In your case, I don't see anything wrong with linking to this hypothetical project. Taking something that was already helpful and making it even better is always encouraged!

  • Was what I thinking due to all comment. I haven't take the time to make a github yet but thanks for your answer :) Aug 5, 2014 at 18:55

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .