In the question Universal Etymology of Words A user wrote an extensive answer based mostly in his own book. Our FAQ does allow self-reference, and indeed there have been many great answers which are posted by experts and cite their own work. But there are certain conditions:
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.
This one seems particularly problematic because:
- It is not written in neutral tone (e.g. third person)
- A significant part of the answer contains self-promotion instead of actually answering the question.
- The writer's credentials as well as the book's reliability is not clear (it doesn't seem to be published or reviewed by a reputable entity).
- The part that acknowledge that the book is written by the answerer himself was removed [not the answerer's fault]
What can we do to improve the guideline/rules for self-reference in this SE?