The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads!

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.

  • It would be nice if the ratio of the ads that we want to see (those below) to those that have no interest to the community at all (most of the others) was adjusted in our favour: currently it seems about 1:10...
    – jasonwryan
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 6:41
  • I like ads that actually look like ads and aren't just a random logo. A logo by itself would look out of place to me.
    – user38810
    Commented Apr 22, 2015 at 21:31

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    The "m" letter is ugly. Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 6:51
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    @DeerHunter Bram doesn't strike me as someone who obsesses over branding and logos...
    – jasonwryan
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 6:54
  • @jasonwryan think it's worth posting one for Vi and Vim? (an image from meta.vi.stackexchange.com/q/1215/205, maybe)
    – muru
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 13:44
  • @muru excellent idea!
    – jasonwryan
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 17:55
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    @jasonwryan done. So that's three Vim-related posts here! :D
    – muru
    Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 2:17

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    – Anko
    Commented Jan 17, 2015 at 22:30
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    Nice joke and all, but this gives the impression that U&L, as in the site, is more negative than Server Fault. Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 20:41
  • I saw the link and I still don't get the joke...anyone care to explain?
    – Wildcard
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 0:45
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    @Wildcard Every time the next year's Community Ads question is posted, it comes with a sample answer (an ad for the site's Twitter account). For some reason, it always gets heavily downvoted on some sites, and we seem to consistently vote it even lower than Server Fault, even though we're a waaaaay smaller site. This answer is just my silly implementation of Michael's comment, which implied we should treat that "negativity" as an achievement and show it off.
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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. Which you probably won't. -21 is currently the network record for poorest reception - you even outvoted Server Fault.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 3:20
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    Can you make a version that replaces "Follow us on twitter!" with "More negative than Server Fault!"? Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 4:20
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    See me next year and I'll see what I can do.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 4:35
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    @MichaelMrozek SF is already well below us (so there are people who vote on SF after all!), but this year Math is expressing unprecedented hatred of their Twitter bot! Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 17:44
  • @MichaelMrozek - meta.unix.stackexchange.com/a/3345/52956...
    – Wilf
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 17:42

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