incrediBILL - 3:19 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
I actually offered to give away some software to anyone who wanted it - I noticed a post where someone was looking for some software which did a certain job - im a programmer, and I had that software written by myself. I offered to give it away and my post was deleted.
Here's a simple way to handle the solution: Directly sticky the member and the moderator that you have a free solution with that information and ask permission of the mod to make it public.
If it's a good solution, and the member or the mod like it, they can make it public and you'll get credit without making it look like you're self promoting.
That's the difference from being a spammy looking site with everyone posting every little link to every piece of junk on the planet are the real referrals from trusted members that find and test things to verify suitability to the situation, they carry more weight.
Links in the forums, at the end of the day, are at the discretion of each mod and had you posted it in my forum and I felt the link is truly high quality worth remaining, I might have left if intact.
Bottom line, it depends on the forum, forum charter, and the discretion of the mod.