Considering this Wiki's more recent push towards semi-NPOV, I see no reason why this page should have a Web Original or Real-Life section. It might be shorter than a lot of pages, but it's already attracting natter and creator bashing (Something this page has huge potential for):
"There is one of the many people "inspired" by the Angry Video Game Nerd to make reviews of video games for Youtube who shall not be named. The difference? Any forum related to video game "reviews" has been visited by him and several alternate accounts, each creating threads solely linking to his work. The That Guy With The Glasses forum once had four topics consisting of the same links to his material. If his name or Youtube username is mentioned on anywhere on any forum, he will immediately insult long-time members yet simultaneously set up a separate account to link others to his work. He is known to spam other popular "reviews" with links to his videos and responds to any messages directed at himself with anger and self-righteous egoism. When another user made fun of him in a video, the amount of comments he made to the video infamously numbered more than the actual video's total views. Note that he once promoted himself in a forum thread created to point out his shamelessness."
Predictably, this is followed by natter. My suggestion is to limit the page to in-universe examples only, but then it might be too rare to trope. This page reminds me a lot of Small Name, Big Ego, TBH.
EDIT: My bad, the link doesn't work. Could a moderator please move that to Shameless Self-Promoter. (No spaces, I'm still getting used to how wiki markup here works.)
edited 18th Aug '12 11:28:25 PM by AmateurPolymath
The title link is fixed. You just need to write it in CamelCase, without spaces, for it to work. To edit that you can click on the paper icon at the top left of the first post in the thread.
I think running this through the No Real Life Examples, Please! thread might be an idea, considering the bashing. Essentially the same as restricting to In-Universe.
An In-Universe example would require the promoter to target characters in fiction, not the real audience. I would not require examples to be In-Universe.
I would cut some examples. I see some Trope Decay; the trope is about a person who takes any opportunity to advertise, but some examples are about a work that references another work by the same author:
In "Where is Joe Merchant" by Jimmy Buffet has several references to Jimmy Buffet's own songs.
Those are probably not examples of Shameless Self-Promoter (though I cannot really check this, as I never heard that song nor played that game).
EDIT: I went ahead and deleted most of the example quoted by the original poster. The example now reads: "At TV Tropes Wiki, any creator who does Entry Pimp his or her own work. There's even an index, Troper Works, for self-promoted works. Unfortunately this creeps out of its home and into our Fan Fic Recommendations page every once in a while too. In the worst case, a spammer vandalized TV Tropes to promote the spammer's own work. Don't mention the spammer's name here. Speak of the Devil indeed."
That might still be too much. We don't need a list of spammers.
The thing about Shameless Self-Promoter is that it was written to be a subclass of Online Personas. What we do with this has implications for the entire index. Perhaps we need to consider this issue on a larger scale rather than focus on this one trope.
Problem with using it for Real Life examples is that being called a Shameless Self-Promoter is not considered a good thing, so we'd be insulting anyone we listed as an example, which is frowned upon by this wiki's etiquette.
"It takes an idiot to do cool things, that's why it's cool" - Haruhara Haruko
The theory behind the trope is that we are covering a type of Online Persona which is itself a form of fiction.
My question would be: Are Online Personas something that, as a whole, this wiki is interested in documenting?
That has been discussed for a long time. I feel it would need a Wiki Talk thread to sort out.
The essence of the pro argument is that websites etc. are works made by their contributors. Not sure if the people making them would get tropes.