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Is using Google Plus to answer questions allowable? By this I mean, can I click the "Share" button and find someone on G+ to answer the question and then go to Ask Ubuntu (or any other SE site) and answer the question. Just in case my question is unclear, I will give an example.

Can I go to a question like (mmc0: error -110 whilst initialising SD card) and click "share" and on G+ ask, "Does anyone have an idea?". Then, once I get an answer, can I post on Ask Ubuntu, "Joe Smith from G+ {if I get the user's permission to mention their name} said the problem is with X, so do Y to fix it.".

I have done this a few times (maybe three times), but then I wondered if it is allowable and if it is still fine to do frequently. I do not like seeing answered question. Is this acceptable with questions offering bounties?

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    There's 100k+ people in the ubuntu g+ group, us it to your advantage! – Jorge Castro Dec 15 '13 at 16:49
  • Well, this was said to me by some of the mods a few posts ago: This site is a private site, and all the questions and answers belong to this site (a kind of intellectual property, I reckon), and of course there is no freedom of speech. So I do not know how this sharing questions, getting the answer from another site (which might be an intellectual property of that site), fit in to this whole diagram of confusing facts. – Indian Dec 28 '13 at 3:44
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If I'm not mistaken, the Share buttons says:

Know someone who can answer? Share a link to this question via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

So, we are encouraging that you share the link around to get people to answer the question and if they like create an account (they will get a temporary account cookie based).

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I want to add to what Braiam has said. Stack Exchange has the following badges as reward for sharing a link with your networks:

  1. Announcer (Bronze):
    Shared a link to a question that was visited by 25 unique IP addresses.
  2. Booster (Silver):
    Shared a link to a question that was visited by 300 unique IP addresses.
  3. Publicist (Gold):
    Shared a link to a question that was visited by 1000 unique IP addresses.

If you are after more information those badges are specified on the badges section.

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