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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:

  • 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 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.

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A curated list of answers that go over the basics in detail!

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    $\begingroup$ I like it so much. Is it possible to exchange the location of the cs icon and (check our reference questions!)? It will provide a better readability for the user (because it's English ?). Also, can you add some blue above the bridge (0.5 to 1 cm) ? From the water in the picture, I can identify the right side as (land-side = less water) and the left side as (sea-side = more water). Can you flip it horizontally to be (land-side, sea-side) = (main-site, reference-questions) = (less-water, more-water), it's a small detail but will make a difference. $\endgroup$ – ABD Mar 5 at 2:47
  • $\begingroup$ If possible, a better abstraction of the bridge will be having both sides (of the white part) visible. Otherwise, it's great. $\endgroup$ – ABD Mar 5 at 2:47
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    $\begingroup$ @ABD, thanks for your enthusiasm and your suggestions! I'm not the original author and don't have a copy of the originals used to create this -- I copied it from a previous year. I think maybe Raphael might have created it? $\endgroup$ – D.W. Mar 5 at 7:10
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    $\begingroup$ @ABD I created this image. Unfortunately, I seem to have misplaced the original unflattened file (or the latest GIMP failed to open the older file correctly, I don't know) so making those changes amounts to re-creating the image. I'm not convinced the changes you propose are hugely relevant so I won't invest the time. If you disagree, feel free to create and post your own version for people to vote on. (See here for a link to the original bridge photo.) Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Raphael Mar 7 at 19:48
  • $\begingroup$ Is it possible to change "struggle" with "need help" / "want help"? I like the post, but I think the word "struggle" would make me a bit more dismissive of it. It seems like a slight put-down rather than build-up if that makes sense. $\endgroup$ – ryan Mar 27 at 6:12
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Computer Science Chat

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  • $\begingroup$ I think some amount of text should be included in the ad to make it clear that is for chat. I think an ad for chat is a good idea, but it should be immediately clear that it is for chat. $\endgroup$ – Tyberius Jan 28 at 20:36
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arXiv.org

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Quantum Computing Stack Exchange

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  • $\begingroup$ Designed by DanielSank. $\endgroup$ – S.D. Jan 23 at 20:31
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See all questions with active bounties

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  • $\begingroup$ Note: This is a dynamic picture that shows how many current bounties there are. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Jan 29 at 23:12
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Detexify: automated LaTeX symbol recognition

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Join CS Educators Stack Exchange!

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Help this community grow -- follow us on twitter!

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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 $\endgroup$ – JNat Jan 23 at 12:30
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Astronomy Stack Exchange

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