It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016!

Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to previously - the changes are marked in bold in the Image Requirements section.

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 300 x 250 pixels, or double that if high DPI.
  • 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
  • If the background of the image is white or partially white, there must be a 1px (2px if high DPI) border surrounding it.

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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The universal operating system

  • Debian GNU/Linux - A Universal Operating System +1
    – Pandya
    Jan 30, 2016 at 5:32

Greg's (GreyCat's) Bash Wiki

  • Yes, please. I think a majority of the questions tagged bash would be handled if people read that guide....
    – Wildcard
    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:45
  • 1
    ...By the way, isn't Pitfall 42 incorrect? The third example there (the one marked "better still") does the opposite of the two examples preceding it. (Is there somewhere I can propose a fix...?)
    – Wildcard
    Jan 22, 2016 at 0:12
  • 2
    @Wildcard no, just confusing. The suggestion never specifies what the operation should do, it only illustrates how to pass file names correctly. Yes, the 1st two delete any files without a . in their name and the last one deletes any files with a dot, but both are just examples. The point is that globs are the better way to pass file names. I guess you could edit and fix it if you like (you just need to create an account).
    – terdon Mod
    Jan 27, 2016 at 11:44
  • @Wildcard, the change was by @ormaaj also active here. You can always ping him. Jan 27, 2016 at 17:53

Vi and Vim Stack Exchange

  • The corners seem off.
    – EKons
    Sep 20, 2016 at 16:15
  • @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος Probably something went wrong when I tried to resize it. Unfortunately that's as far as my skills go, but if you can help, I got it originally from here: meta.vi.stackexchange.com/a/1299/205 (Github link available)
    – muru
    Sep 20, 2016 at 16:19
  • No, I mean that the corners of the diamond shape in the middle seem to be too off.
    – EKons
    Sep 21, 2016 at 10:02


  • 6
    RPi.SE needs more love.
    – Aloha
    Jan 16, 2016 at 15:45
  • @goldilocks - are you sure about the image size - I downloaded it and it came to 62.8 KBytes which seems to exceed the 40KBytes limit...?
    – SlySven
    Jan 17, 2016 at 17:06
  • 1
    @SlySven Thanks for that...grumble grumble I did use "max png compression" so I will have to figure something out. Not really my wheelhouse.
    – goldilocks
    Jan 17, 2016 at 17:13
  • Okay, done -- solution was to posterize to reduce the palette.
    – goldilocks
    Jan 17, 2016 at 17:35
  • 1
    It's all that intricate PWB effect in the green background that is doing it, I bet. But posterizing - which has side-effect of reducing the number of steps in any anti-aliasing - will help, as you have found... 8-P
    – SlySven
    Jan 17, 2016 at 18:02

Arch wiki


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GNU Parallel - for people who live life in the parallel lane


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Why zsh is cooler than your shell


Unix-like operating system that is free software

  • Long live the inverse mouflon!
    – goldilocks
    Apr 22, 2016 at 23:49
  • "Tagline to show on mouseover." Maybe that can be edited? :)
    – Wildcard
    Sep 17, 2016 at 8:21
  • @Wildcard just tried; you can suggest.
    – Pandya
    Sep 18, 2016 at 7:23

GNU Parallel - for people who live life in the parallel lane


Trisquel GNU/Linux

  • 2
    A fully Free, FSF endorsed GNU/Linux operating system!
    – Pandya
    Jan 29, 2016 at 5:40

Q & A on Emacs


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  • This is a demonstration post to indicate how this should look when an ad is posted, now with 80px more width (to despise, as it were)! It also doubles as your twitter ad, but it's up to you if you wish to promote it by voting.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jan 15, 2016 at 3:23

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