As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year.

What are Community Promotion Ads?

Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will show up on the main site, in the right sidebar. The purpose of this question is the vetting process. Images of the advertisements are provided, and community voting will enable the advertisements to be shown.

Why do we have Community Promotion Ads?

This is a method for the community to control what gets promoted to visitors on the site. For example, you might promote the following things:

  • interesting unix and linux related open source apps
  • the site's twitter account
  • script packs or power tools
  • cool events or conferences
  • anything else your community would genuinely be interested in

The goal is for future visitors to find out about the stuff your community deems important. This also serves as a way to promote information and resources that are relevant to your own community's interests, both for those already in the community and those yet to join.

Why do we reset the ads every year?

Some services will maintain usefulness over the years, while other things will wane to allow for new faces to show up. Resetting the ads every year helps accommodate this, and allows old ads that have served their purpose to be cycled out for fresher ads for newer things. This helps keep the material in the ads relevant to not just the subject matter of the community, but to the current status of the community. We reset the ads once a year, every December.

The community promotion ads have no restrictions against reposting an ad from a previous cycle. If a particular service or ad is very valuable to the community and will continue to be so, it is a good idea to repost it. It may be helpful to give it a new face in the process, so as to prevent the imagery of the ad from getting stale after a year of exposure.

How does it work?

The answers you post to this question must conform to the following rules, or they will be ignored.

  1. All answers should be in the exact form of:

    [![Tagline to show on mouseover][1]][2]
       [1]: http://image-url
       [2]: http://clickthrough-url 

    Please do not add anything else to the body of the post. If you want to discuss something, do it in the comments.

  2. The question must always be tagged with the magic tag. In addition to enabling the functionality of the advertisements, this tag also pre-fills the answer form with the above required form.

Image requirements

  • The image that you create must be 220 x 250 pixels
  • Must be hosted through our standard image uploader (imgur)
  • Must be GIF or PNG
  • No animated GIFs
  • Absolute limit on file size of 150 KB

Score Threshold

There is a minimum score threshold an answer must meet (currently 6) before it will be shown on the main site.

You can check out the ads that have met the threshold with basic click stats here.

  • Which license is required for the images? Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 21:29
  • @Martin Pardon? Required in what fashion?
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 21:42
  • Would an image from openbsd.org/art2.html be o.k.? "Most images provided here are copyright by OpenBSD, by Theo de Raadt, or by other members or developers of the OpenBSD group. However, it is our intent that anyone be able to use these images to represent OpenBSD in a positive light" Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 21:47
  • If you use it in a positive light, that seems usable, then.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 22:11
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    Nope. See Should images be accompanied with licensing info? and Please negotiate and make obvious user-favorable license terms for uploaded images: Uploading them to the SE network makes them available under CC-BY-SA. I can't do that as I'm not the copyright holder. Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 22:44
  • @Martin You don't need to upload the image to us in order to use it here.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 22:52
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    See above: "Must be hosted through our standard image uploader (imgur)" Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 22:53
  • Oh, hey, forgot about that. Alright. Let me double check on all that for you, then.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 22:54
  • @MartinSchröder, since the source site clearly says to "enjoy them and let the world see them," my assumption would be that you can submit them. If you want a more definitive statement, you'd have to ask them.
    – Jaydles
    Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 23:24
  • @Jaydles: I asked Theo: No. Commented Feb 22, 2013 at 0:06

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Dennis Ritchie Home Page

  • 10
    Dennis Ritchie has a lot of historical Unix stuff on his website that he saved over the years from when he was working on it.
    – ctype.h
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 5:39
  • 12
    This was an inspired choice; it is particularly apposite for our homepage, thanks for putting it up...
    – jasonwryan
    Commented Feb 13, 2013 at 0:38
  • 1
    "The server at bell labs is taking too long to respond" :(
    – goldilocks
    Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 13:34
  • 1
    fantastic. thank you.
    – Chris Down
    Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 15:31
  • 2
    RIP, god bless him Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 11:12
  • The link appears to be dead as of 7/1/13, along with everything under bell-labs.com/who.
    – SpellingD
    Commented Jul 1, 2013 at 17:51
  • It's now cs.bell-labs.com/who/dmr/index.html
    – 19h
    Commented Jul 17, 2013 at 11:03
  • DMR is certainly a hoopy frood, but a little text would improve this "advertisement" enormously.
    – msw
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 12:06
  • His picture is creeping me out...
    – Sammitch
    Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 22:22
  • 1
    @msw In my opinion leaving it contextless leaves it kind of "mystic" -- I think that's probably the reason for the extremely elevated click rates on this advertisement, as well
    – Chris Down
    Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 4:19

Vim the editor


Arch Linux: A simple, lightweight Linux distribution.

  • This is just a rough idea, improvements are welcome: ask me for the XCF file.
    – Renan
    Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 3:42

Follow us on Twitter

  • This is a demonstration post to indicate how this should look when an ad is posted. It also doubles as your twitter ad, but it's up to you if you wish to promote it by voting.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 14:57



Prioritize. Save time. Stay focused.


writeLaTeX.com - Free Online LaTeX Editor

  • 1
    This is an ad from TeX SX, which may also be useful here. WriteLaTeX is basically Etherpad + LaTeX; free online collaborative editor with an automatic preview of the compiled document. Happy to let the community vote decide - I'm one of the developers of writeLaTeX, so any feedback appreciated, thanks. Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 18:19
  • 2
    +1: Showed this to one of my coworkers. He loved it.
    – Renan
    Commented Feb 22, 2013 at 0:37

More than secure - FreeBSD

  • Wait, why are there two FreeBSD ads?
    – jcora
    Commented May 19, 2013 at 14:00
  • No idea, I submitted mine months before the other. Also, I rotate the ad through these three images: Secure: i.sstatic.net/DpB75.png Creation: i.imgur.com/gz1Si.png Choice: i.imgur.com/FR25D.png These images are based on the official advertising material (edited for the 220x250 size).
    – Chris S
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 0:07
  • 5
    Except the community voted for the first; not to give you a license to roll through any others--those should be submitted separately.
    – jasonwryan
    Commented May 26, 2013 at 4:51

Enterprise-class Linux


Emacs, the extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor

  • Emacs is great, but this logo is not well-known enough IMO to stand without a caption (title).
    – LarsH
    Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 21:34
  • @LarsH I don't really know how I could edit it such that it still looks good. Besides, that's what the click-through is for. Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 15:43
  • The click-through is for finding out what the logo refers to? I don't bother to click on logos I don't recognize. Maybe some people do. Wish I could help you on ideas for how to make a caption look good, but I'm not much of a designer.
    – LarsH
    Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 18:58
  • Sorry, edited your post by mistake. @LarsH how about this?
    – terdon Mod
    Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 5:43

Fedora Linux


openSUSE 12.3 is out


GNU emacs, an extensible, customizable text editor—and more.

  • Posted this version of the emacs logo since it mentions the name.
    – terdon Mod
    Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 5:43
  • I forgot about this one! Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 13:17
  • Maybe it's just me, But I frankly couldn't tell what the hell this logo even was until I moused over it. It's stylized to the point of indecipherability.
    – Fake Name
    Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 11:16

Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a semi-rolling distribution based on Debian Testing.



  • Many & many tiny or medium programs in every OS, like linux use it, You can see how many programs use it by executing echo N | yum remove sqlite* Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 9:17


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