It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017!

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
  • cryptography conferences, meetups, or other events
  • 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.

  • $\begingroup$ Is there any closing date? I would like to promote Bouncy Castle (or rather the charity behind it) but it'll take some time and discussion. $\endgroup$
    – Maarten Bodewes Mod
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 13:06
  • $\begingroup$ How do we deal with expired items, like an ad to a conference which is already over. Should we downvote it or flag it to be removed by a moderator? $\endgroup$
    – mat
    Commented Jul 31, 2017 at 9:22

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  • $\begingroup$ Ps. If anybody wants to try improving this ad, the SVG source is here. For the curious, the random code in the background is from my PHP port of the ISAAC cipher, and the SO logo is from here. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 21:15
  • $\begingroup$ Also, for the motivation for this ad, see e.g. this meta thread. I figured an ad like this might be a good way to both encourage potential askers to ask their coding questions on SO, and also encourage the resident experts here to occasionally visit SO and answer those questions. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ Love it and especially the idea behind it as it's such a constructive one. $\endgroup$
    – e-sushi
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 23:24
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with @e-sushi, I just read the meta-question that inspired this so I upvoted to support the spirit of the ad. $\endgroup$
    – floor cat
    Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 23:51

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  • $\begingroup$ Should probably be kept at 5 to 6 votes for obvious reasons. $\endgroup$
    – Q-Club
    Commented Jan 23, 2018 at 4:48

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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 StaffMod
    Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 14:05

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