I ask a reasonably good question on StackOverflow but it does not get many views (maybe because there are so many questions asked on StackOverflow). I then ask a more generic question on Programmers that is closely related to the StackOverflow question and I link it there. There is a very good chance that if the question on Programmers is a good one, it will get a lot of views. When it does, the linked StackOverflow question will get many views as well.
Does this looked down upon as abuse? Or is this just good marketing :)
I have just done this recently (and certainly not to abuse the sites). My StackOverflow question had only about 50 views and 5 upvotes before linking it (and it was tapering off at that point). Now the StackOverflow question has more than 250 views and 10 upvotes.
These are the questions in the example:
(And yes I understand that I am doing it again :) obviously the intent is not malicious here)