2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming 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 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 border (2px if high DPI) 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.

  • I've started using a pihole which filters your promoted ads. Pihole doesn't distinuish by host site. It would nice if the ads you promoted had unique url parts that could be added to a white list. E.g. *.ad.stackexchange.com. Feb 15, 2019 at 20:45

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Greg's (GreyCat's) Bash Wiki

  • There is a lot of good stuff in here! I'm glad to discover it -- I expect to point people at it repeatedly in the future.
    – Greg Price
    Feb 17, 2019 at 22:30

Arch wiki


Vi and Vim Stack Exchange

  • shamelessly stolen from previous years
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Feb 6, 2019 at 15:40

Ed is the standard text editor

  • Because I couldn't resist plugging my favorite line-oriented and scriptable editor.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Feb 6, 2019 at 17:07
  • what is the point in this? :O Mar 5, 2019 at 19:27
  • I think it's a useful tool and wondered if the U&L community felt the same way.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Mar 5, 2019 at 20:19
  • Hey, I was glad to learn ed, it saved me once when I was on an old DOS machine pre-MS-DOS editor and had to use edlin instead.
    – penguin359
    Aug 20, 2019 at 17:55

Why zsh is cooler than your shell


Ubuntu Hideout on Discord

  • Originally posted here. Disclaimer: I am the owner of the Ubuntu Hideout Discord server. We are a friendly community with over 1.1k members as of February 2019 and constantly growing. Our intention is to provide a place to casually chat in a comfortable environment with other like-minded people as well as to get direct help with technical problems in a dialogue. Note that we are not a help desk though, nor are we officially affiliated with Canonical, Discord or any other company. Users of other Linux distros are welcome too :) Feb 9, 2019 at 15:04

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
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jan 23, 2019 at 11:54

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