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:

  • cool desktop and tablet 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.

  • The image placeholder still be the width of yore
    – random Mod
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 3:21
  • That it is. Something that'll be looked at while we're hooking up the new threads.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 3:28
  • For those working on images and having size problems (too big), it might help to look into OptiPNG (lossless), or pngquant (lossy; quality degrades but hopefully not noticeably, but it can result in even more dramatic savings than OptiPNG.) There are a few decent web services that implement one or the other of these and probably don't try to hack your computer or track you, but I'm not linking them here because YMMV. Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 3:36
  • The link at the end of the post seems to be incorrect. Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 19:02
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    Possible duplicate of Community Promotion Ads - 2017 Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 20:40

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    Derived from Undo's ad. Meets image requirements of being 300 x 250 pixels
    – Tom
    Commented Jan 16, 2016 at 3:17
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    It's not really clear what "softwarerecs" is from this ad. I'm not sure if that matters to anyone though... Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 19:01
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    @DevilsAdvocate I agree, the old version was more clear, but maybe at this point it's well-known enough? Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 17:06

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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! It also doubles as your twitter ad, but it's up to you if you wish to promote it by voting.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 3:00

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