It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh 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.


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mdoc.su — short manual page URLs, a deterministic URL shortener for BSD manual pages, written in nginx.conf


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An open-source editor for experienced web designers and programmers, supporting many programming and markup languages, but focusing on creating dynamic and interactive websites.

  • Why the downvote? The GIMP one was mostly copied, but I had to design this...
    – Wilf
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 21:09
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    Maybe because Bluefish is just another editor, while GIMP is indispensable. Just a hint. I not know Bluefish enough, so I not voted on this.
    – manatwork
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 9:42

BXR.SU — Super User's BSD Cross Reference — BSD Source Code Search Engine over FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD and DragonFly BSD kernel and userland source trees, based on OpenGrok, powered by nginx and regular expressions.    BSD is Dying.  Seeking Kernel and Userland Developers to Hack and Improve BSD UNIX.  Qualifications: C (required), asm (a plus).  No prior open-source experience necessary.  Warning: it's not for the faint of heart!

  • At first glance, this looks like something that will give you a virus if you click it. On the other hand I love how BSD is still said to be "dying" despite the first such proclamation being made ~15 years ago--that's a long death!
    – DBedrenko
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 11:10

Teckids e.V. – Erkunden, Entdecken, Erfinden – Discover, Explore, Forge

  • Too local. Maybe create a portal to several similar projects.
    – Dereckson
    Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 1:25
  • @Dereckson Sure, with only about 10 people it needs to be (somewhat – we do currently try to be present in many places in Germany already) local. But without any advertising, we cannot grow that much (henn/egg problem). But we’re willing to partner with related projects of course.
    – mirabilos
    Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 10:05

/sys/kern/init_main.c::mi_startup() — system startup; initialise the world, create process 0, mount root filesystem and fork to create init and pagedaemon.

  • 11
    I fail to see why would someone get interested by this one.
    – BlueTrin
    Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 13:42

Follow us on Twitter

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    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 6, 2013 at 11:39
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    ..Which clearly nobody does :-p
    – Josh
    Commented Dec 18, 2013 at 15:06
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    @Josh You guys are actually the second lowest score this season. Which is impressive, I'd say.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Dec 18, 2013 at 17:13
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    @GraceNote well, is there any point in advertising a site on the site itself? I'd love to see this as a community add on Super User or Stack Overflow but anyone who's here already knows us, so this seems completely pointless. Unless I'm missing something.
    – terdon Mod
    Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 17:20
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    @terdon Maybe you want your users to know you have a twitter account?
    – Seth
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 0:11
  • 4
    What benefit does the Twitter account have? I'm genuinely curious, I don't understand it. Why provide another layer of indirection over the top of the site, especially when the signal to noise of the questions highlighted there is typically so poor?
    – Chris Down
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 9:33
  • I'd actually prefer if we didn't have a twitter bot. I find the traffic useless to the site. More eyeballs doesn't equate to better quality visitors.
    – slm Mod
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 23:33

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