As your site is undergoing our new design-independent graduation process, you'll be enjoying your own run of design-independent 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:

  • the site's twitter account
  • relevant blogs and websites about computer science
  • computer science, events, conferences, or meetups
  • 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 40 KB
  • If the background of the image is white, there must be a 1x1 border of not-white at the edges of the ad

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.

  • $\begingroup$ Is there a repository of ads for other SE sites? There are a couple that would make reasonable additions to our ad pool. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Sep 14 '15 at 12:56
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    $\begingroup$ @Raphael There's no global repository, but for example you can poke related graduated sites like CSTheory. You can also use tag filters on stackexchange.com to just hunt for all posts across all Meta sites with the community-ads tag on them, which still is multi-level since that's a list of all the questions rather than the ads therein. $\endgroup$ – Grace Note Sep 14 '15 at 15:38


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    $\begingroup$ Care to carry over this one to the new year? Note the new format guidelines! $\endgroup$ – Raphael Jan 22 '16 at 13:26

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  • $\begingroup$ 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 $\endgroup$ – Grace Note Sep 10 '15 at 12:30

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  • $\begingroup$ My experience with reddit is limited, but from what I have seen people are better advised to come here than go there. That is, as long as CS facts are concerned. The ad seems to promise something else? $\endgroup$ – Raphael Sep 14 '15 at 12:56
  • $\begingroup$ agreed with TK the communities are quite complementary in many ways. an ad for reddit is not detracting from this stackexchange site. the ad could help to bridge the communities in both directions. have linked to this site from reddit myself on various occasions. $\endgroup$ – vzn Sep 14 '15 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ Could you please add a border around this? $\endgroup$ – Grace Note Sep 15 '15 at 13:07

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