No way. All cares about rep. Or 100 rep, to make a signatuer.Don't worry to much about the rules. Reputation doesn't mean anything, and most people don't even care about it. The only things you should avoid doing are things that can get you banned, that may actually affect your life, as you won't be able to get your questions answered here anymore.
In conclusion, either link it, or bump. I would suggesting bumping though.