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Community Promotion Ads - 2012

What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here?

TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they will appear on the main site as community promotion ads.

But whyyyyyyy?

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 apps
  • the site's twitter account
  • scripts 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. And to click on it for great justice!

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.

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 150 KB

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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    Like commented on MSO: sane browsers do NOT show alt text on mouseover. And even when shown by non-compliant browsers, alt should describe what is missing, not some tag line. So maybe it should be labeled "The text used on browsers that don't support images (like by readers used by visually impaired)". If a mouseover is wanted too, then besides the alt attribute the title should be specified as well, after the image or link URL. Like: [1]: http://image-url "Tagline to show on mouseover" – Arjan Mar 10 '11 at 13:17
  • I was tempted to suggest PDF Creator, but given its default installation of the Yahoo! toolbar nowadays, I don't. Any other PDF printer, anyone? – Arjan Mar 10 '11 at 13:29
  • @Arjan CutePDF! – Sathyajith Bhat Mod Mar 10 '11 at 14:37
  • Hmmm, @Sathya: Requires PS2PDF converter such as Ghostscript — which is simply bundled with PDFCreator. Really too bad they started to install that Yahoo! thingy by default. (Though I do think one is prompted for that during installation; haven't installed it for a while.) – Arjan Mar 10 '11 at 15:17
  • oh, my bad then @Arjan – Sathyajith Bhat Mod Mar 10 '11 at 16:02
  • +1. Cool idea, these ads. – 0xC0000022L Mar 10 '11 at 17:54
  • @GeoffDalgas: Mouse-overs are not working for images that are linkified, can you look into this? I'm using Chrome 11.0.696.0 dev but I suspect this is also the case for older versions. Should we use Arjan's syntax? – Tamara Wijsman Mar 10 '11 at 18:11
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    @TomWij - mouse-overs don't show in the posts below however when the ad is rendered the ALT text is used as the title. We wanted to keep the template syntax simple. – Geoff Dalgas Mar 10 '11 at 19:13
  • @Arjan I use OpenOffice.org for making PDF files :) – Entity Mar 23 '11 at 18:56
  • Sure, @The, that is indeed the best option (like to get clickable links and TOCs) when doing word processing. (And I am on a Mac, which has great PDF support anyhow; still OpenOffice.org's built-in export is superior to that.) – Arjan Mar 23 '11 at 20:47
  • It's time for 2H 2011, isn't it? – Daniel Beck Mod Jul 7 '11 at 7:42
  • If someone feels like posting TotalMounter, that'd be great. I can't find a new image so I can't do it unfortunately, but it's an awesome product apparently. – user541686 Aug 15 '11 at 7:38
  • What happened to the ad for Chrome? – oKtosiTe Oct 3 '11 at 22:27
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    @oKtosiTe nhinkle deleted it and commented: In light of discussion about what constitutes an appropriate community ad, with respect to companies that can afford to purchase advertising, I am deleting this ad for the time being. – nhinkle♦ – Daniel Beck Mod Oct 17 '11 at 3:17
  • It would seem Ubuntu walks a fine line then. @Daniel Beck – oKtosiTe Oct 18 '11 at 17:16

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7zip, beyond zip

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    And: gui and command line, and multi platform? – Arjan Mar 10 '11 at 13:30
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    Really, why is anyone still using WinRAR? – LawrenceC Apr 7 '11 at 16:52
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    @ultrasawblade because you can dragdrop from winrar into an application, and any changes to that document is automatically pulled back into the archive. Couldn't get 7zip to do that – Znarkus Apr 7 '11 at 21:51
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    Really, Winrar era needs to stop – bruno077 Apr 18 '11 at 20:44
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    people don't wanna learn new stuff, everyone is lazy like me ! 7zip UI is not that user friendly other then that its awesome and has better compression on its own format but again its much more less common then rar. – omeid May 13 '11 at 8:26
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    7-zip is good but ugly. Hence WinRAR. – user541686 Jun 11 '11 at 18:50
  • The King (of compression) is dead, long live the King (of compression)! All hail 7-zip! – Mechanical snail Aug 3 '11 at 10:33
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    @ultrasawblade: Better shell integration. – Ian Boyd Aug 6 '11 at 18:04
  • If your only complaint about 7zip is that it's ugly, there is a skinning program you can use. @Meh – Pops Sep 9 '11 at 14:51
  • @Lord: Well don't leave me hanging, what's the skinning program? :) – user541686 Sep 9 '11 at 15:01
  • Sorry, I was having a hard time finding it. It's because I was searching for "skin" and not "theme." Anyways see this blog post. @Meh – Pops Sep 9 '11 at 15:06
  • @Lord: Ooh nice, I see it's a (relatively) new program! :) I'll try it out, thanks! :) – user541686 Sep 9 '11 at 17:11
  • Ahhhh but there's still something missing: No context menu icons! Believe it or not, that can actually be a dealmaker/breaker in these situations. :\ – user541686 Sep 9 '11 at 17:21

VideoLAN Player. It's free and plays everything.

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    The logo is awesome! – Randolf Richardson Mar 12 '11 at 13:16
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    It always reminds me of Kraftwerk - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:K1-D-front.jpg – ChrisF Mar 13 '11 at 22:22
  • VLC on Ubuntu (Linux) Doesn't play all DVD-Videos. But on the same machine booted into Windows, VLC does: superuser.com/questions/199963/… – therobyouknow Mar 14 '11 at 9:51
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    There should be some mention of "media" in the ad. "Plays everything? Does it also play the piano? Does it play games?" Without "media" it's kinda vague. – Mauricio Scheffer Apr 30 '11 at 18:18
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    It's actually even called the »VLC Media Player«, so technically the ad is a bit wrong. – Joey May 12 '11 at 19:34

ubuntu, Linux for human beings

  • IMHO the tagline is terrible. Most people in the target don't know or care about "Linux". – Mauricio Scheffer Apr 30 '11 at 18:21
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    It is the official tagline . – Lincity May 1 '11 at 3:58

Free virtualisation for the masses

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    s/s/z :P @Blood – Sathyajith Bhat Mod Mar 10 '11 at 15:35
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    Virtualization I thought? – nhinkle Mar 10 '11 at 18:25
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    @nhinkle depends, s is British English, z is American. english.stackexchange.com/questions/11788/… – Pylsa Mar 10 '11 at 19:50
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    We do have an international community here, but given that Stack Exchange is an American company, I personally think it should be with a z. – nhinkle Mar 10 '11 at 20:04
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    I'd prefer to take into consideration the way it's spelled on the VirtualBox website. "VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product [...]" @nhinkle, BloodPhilia – oKtosiTe Mar 19 '11 at 16:18
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    Guys, why does it matter so much if it's s or z in this case? – cregox Mar 24 '11 at 23:22
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    Maybe @Cawaz iz right. – oKtosiTe Mar 31 '11 at 21:56
  • @Sathya: I finally learned about sed (i.e. I'm finally nerdy enough) to "get" what you meant. Lol. :) – user541686 Jun 2 '11 at 2:12
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    @Sathya: Speaking of which, I think you missed a trailing slash... – user541686 Jun 30 '11 at 5:00
  • The name "VirtualBox" should be more prominent. If I weren't already a user, I wouldn't even realize that that's the name of the software. – Mechanical snail Aug 3 '11 at 10:31

Microsoft Process Explorer -- find out what's running on your PC, and why

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    +1 - LOVE this.... I am recommending it all the time! (And Autoruns... I will try to make one a little later) – William Hilsum Mar 10 '11 at 13:40
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    While its a great program, I much prefer the open source Process Hacker processhacker.sourceforge.net – Justin Dearing Apr 22 '11 at 14:06
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    This is a great tool if you ever need to find which process has an open handle on a file. – RussellW May 6 '11 at 16:33

Firefox - Made to make the Web a better place.

  • If there are any suggestions, I'll be happy to take them into consideration. This was made with the Firefox 3.6 icon set. Source xcf (GIMP image file) available here. – oKtosiTe Mar 19 '11 at 19:04
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    Might be a good idea to mention Firefox 4's imminent release – Yi Jiang Mar 20 '11 at 8:39
  • I will certainly consider adding in a 4 once the release has been made. @YiJiang – oKtosiTe Mar 20 '11 at 16:45
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    Might be a good idea to mention Firefox 5's imminent release... er, 6's -- er, 7's... er... – user541686 Jun 17 '11 at 2:26
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    Indeed. Instead of keeping up with their new rapid release cycle, I think we're better off removing all references to a specific version altogether. At least for now. @Mehrdad – oKtosiTe Jul 10 '11 at 10:38
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    @oktosite: Just write "Firefox 17" and it'll be correct in no time! – Mechanical snail Aug 3 '11 at 10:36
  • .... er, 8's... – user541686 Aug 6 '11 at 1:55
  • ... er, 10's... – user541686 Oct 2 '11 at 8:26

community blog for Super Users, by Super Users

  • I really like this though can you flip Super User over and leave it horizontal over the "community blog" – Sathyajith Bhat Mod Mar 10 '11 at 15:35
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    Nice one @BloodPhilia – Ivo Flipse Mar 10 '11 at 16:15

Super User members can vote on Community Ads to be displayed here. Submit yours today!

  • this is cool @nhinkle, I like this – studiohack Mod Mar 26 '11 at 4:54
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    omg meta! so meta! – Jeff Atwood Mar 27 '11 at 10:16
  • @Jeff Atwood: Yes, but it's actually useful, explaining to people what's going on. – Mechanical snail Aug 3 '11 at 10:37


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    That looks slick @Alaukik! – Ivo Flipse Jun 23 '11 at 13:12
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    Should say what it is. The only hint is the paintbrush, and that looks like a cigarette! – Mechanical snail Jul 13 '11 at 22:46


  • This is one of the best tools on the list. for people who use more then one computer next each other. – nelaaro Apr 5 '11 at 8:20
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    "What does KM mean?" – slhck Aug 21 '11 at 21:57
  • Keyboard, Mouse @slhck. a KVM switch is a piece of hardware that switches the keyboard/mouse/video from one computer to the other, so this is a software solution that switches the keyboard/mouse from one computer to the other. – studiohack Mod Aug 21 '11 at 21:58
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    @studiohack I personally know, I've used Synergy before :P I just put it under quotation marks to imply that people might wonder what it is when looking at the app. – slhck Aug 21 '11 at 21:59

Paint.Net - Get it now!

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    I like this ad; the only problem I have with it is that saying "it costs a lot less" might imply that it does cost something, just less. I would consider changing it to say "(and it's free, too)" or something like that – nhinkle Apr 14 '11 at 3:43
  • I'd suggest you use an image you actually have permission to use. This one belongs to Getty Images, apparently. – Joey May 12 '11 at 19:57
  • @Joey I didn't realise that, I just found it via Google image search, I'll replace it as soon as I can. – Mokubai Mod May 13 '11 at 7:27
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    Now with a legal image! Background photograph by Flickr user Easylocum. Original photo licensed as CC BY 2.0. – nhinkle May 18 '11 at 8:22
  • Paint.net is one of my favorite Windows apps. Very polished and excellent. – Nathan Long Aug 26 '11 at 19:05
  • I think we need to replace the image... – evan.bovie Dec 7 '11 at 21:58
  • What do you want to replace it with? Or do you have any ideas for updates? – Mokubai Mod Dec 7 '11 at 22:11
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    Well, since the image was removed from imgur.com, perhaps just re-add the old image? – evan.bovie Dec 8 '11 at 2:07
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    The link has died again. – Wipqozn May 15 '12 at 13:14
  • I currently have the image for this but do not believe there is reason to a) bump this topic unnecessarily or b) post this to the 2012 Community Ads as it got quite a bit of airtime last year. Let me know if you feel differently. – Mokubai Mod Jun 12 '12 at 19:52

Wireshark • Go deep.


Get Libreoffice, Liberate your Office

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    The icon is too generic. – LaC May 4 '11 at 13:07
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    @LaC: agree. Also, the font for the subtitle is messed up. – Mechanical snail Jul 13 '11 at 22:47

Empower the world's poorest children through education

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    Who needs shoes when you can have a laptop. – slotishtype Jul 6 '11 at 9:23
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    Education is a fundamental right that these children are sadly not given easy access to. OLPC aims to help them in that regard at least @slo – random Mod Jul 6 '11 at 16:55
  • I agree, it is worthwhile. I was being facetious. – slotishtype Jul 6 '11 at 17:25

America's online censorship bill could close down sites like Stack Exchange. Click here to learn more about how SOPA impacts you, regardless of where you live.

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  • @Sathya are you asking or providing the link for reference? – nhinkle Nov 30 '11 at 7:36
  • bit of both actually. – Sathyajith Bhat Mod Nov 30 '11 at 7:42
  • @Sathya one thing people abroad can do is contact American elected officials and tell them that if this legislation passes, it will cause foreign customers to stop using American web services, which are responsible for a significant portion of the US economy. Widescale censorship in the US will lead customers from overseas to use alternative products, which will negatively impact US businesses. Additionally, you can help educate American friends and relatives, who can influence this more directly via their elected officials. – nhinkle Nov 30 '11 at 7:46
  • Minor annoyance: I saw this ad on the Super User homepage, but when I moved the mouse pointer to the red text that says "Click here to learn why this matters", a black bar slid up with the "16 votes - comment - stats" text preventing me from clicking the red text. Although I know where to click instead, it seems wrong to have text inviting you to "click here" that you can't actually click. – Bavi_H Dec 3 '11 at 3:44
  • Thanks @Bavi_H for the tip. Unfortunately, that's an inherent part of the design of the community promotion ads, so I can't personally fix it. Do you think it would make more sense if I edited the text to say "Click to learn why this matters"? (instead of "click here") – nhinkle Dec 3 '11 at 4:44
  • @nhinkle Sure, that seems okay. – Bavi_H Dec 4 '11 at 0:51

Have Joel explain it to you.

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    Basically, "copyright owners" would be able to ban a site from Google, all US traffic and all US payment services for having just a few "bad" links here and there. – badp Nov 29 '11 at 21:45
  • Lol @ "What the hell?" – Qix - MONICA WAS MISTREATED Dec 23 '12 at 0:27

Process Hacker

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    Need to change a process's I/O priority? Write garbage to its pages? Inject a DLL into it? You can do pretty much anything with this tool. :) – user541686 Mar 27 '11 at 8:16
  • Is this perhaps starting to get a bit redundant? – nhinkle Mar 29 '11 at 21:47
  • @nhinkle: Huh? Not sure what you mean... – user541686 Mar 29 '11 at 22:07
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    We already have a process explorer ad, now this. I guess it's fine to have them both, I just wonder how many different process exploration software products we need to advertise. Then again, we have three blog ads, so maybe I shouldn't talk :P – nhinkle Mar 29 '11 at 23:42
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    @nhinkle: Oh hahaha... well IMHO this is better than process explorer :P so it's worth mentioning, but I see your point. :) – user541686 Mar 30 '11 at 0:28
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    Indeed. Competition is good, even in community ads, IMHO. That's why we have an ad out for Chrome and Firefox. If it weren't for this ad, I might have never found out about Process Hacker. @nhinkle – oKtosiTe May 17 '11 at 19:42

Every week, the Super User community selects an interesting question to be highlighted in the Community Blog as the "Question of the Week". Vote now on the next QotW, or submit a question you liked!

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    I'm so used to seeing the vote/accept icons that I automatically mentally separated the left and right parts of this ad. Which left me wondering what "OTE" stood for. – Pops Sep 9 '11 at 14:54
  • For anyone still baffled even after reading @LordTorgamus's comment, it reads "VOTE" with a V stylized as an accept mark. – Daniel Beck Mod Dec 10 '11 at 7:40
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    The check and "OTE" are not visually linked—in fact, the (lack of) kerning, differences in aliasing, and the vertical alignments suggests that they're unrelated. Even after having it explained, it's magic-eye level of hard to keep seeing the word "vote". Colour by itself isn't enough to make them visually joined. – SevenSidedDie Jul 9 '12 at 18:40



Xperf is important for anyone doing performance analysis on Windows, it provides a complete system-wide view over long periods of time. It fully processes all events in something that makes sense...

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    Mouse-over: Xperf is important for anyone doing performance analysis on Windows, it provides a complete system-wide view over long periods of time. It fully processes all events in something that makes sense... – Tamara Wijsman Mar 10 '11 at 18:02
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    /me can't read. – Hello71 Mar 12 '11 at 20:00
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    @Hello71: Glad that you reverted it, or it would remain invalidated. Thank you... :-) – Tamara Wijsman Mar 13 '11 at 0:29

Daemon Tools - Virtual Blu-ray for Windows

  • we shouldn't advertise paid tools – kinokijuf Dec 4 '11 at 20:07
  • We don't. Yes, there is a paid version of daemon tools. There is also the free version. That's FREE. Free to download. Free to use. – Majenko Dec 4 '11 at 20:15
  • @Majenko, it's only free for non-commercial purposes. – avakar Dec 26 '11 at 23:08
  • There's always WinCDEmu, thats free and open source. – William Lawn Stewart Jan 2 '12 at 3:28
  • @WilliamLawnStewart And causes constant BSODs. I recommend Virtual Clone – kinokijuf Jan 25 '12 at 14:19
  • @kinokijuf I've never had a BSOD or any other issue from using it on various Win 7 x64 machines. That said, I haven't got the latest version, so possibly something went horribly wrong in a recent update. – William Lawn Stewart Jan 26 '12 at 0:30
  • @WilliamLawnStewart Yup. Trying to unmount all images in version 3.6 causes constant reboots. – kinokijuf Jan 26 '12 at 12:41

Ask Different Podcast

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    Upvote for linen. – Brant Bobby Aug 9 '11 at 16:22
  • The images aren't centered, or is my vision off? :P – slhck Sep 26 '11 at 15:11
  • @slhck It's not just you, the width on the left is 23px and the width on the right is 29px. – Kyle Cronin Sep 26 '11 at 15:40

PortableApps.com: Your Digital Life, Anywhere™


Minitube is a YouTube desktop application. With it you can watch YouTube videos in a new way: you type a keyword, Minitube gives you an endless video stream. Minitube is not about cloning the original YouTube web interface, it aims to create a new TV-like experience.

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    Perhaps this needs a tagline. Personally I would never click this ad unless I had a clue to it's purpose/message/destination. – oKtosiTe Mar 24 '11 at 11:25
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    Mouse-over: Minitube is a YouTube desktop application. With it you can watch YouTube videos in a new way: you type a keyword, Minitube gives you an endless video stream. Minitube is not about cloning the original YouTube web interface, it aims to create a new TV-like experience. – Tamara Wijsman Jun 21 '11 at 0:55
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    -1 for this being a commercial product, and a whopping €9 no less (despite it being open source, apparently). See also Should we allow commercial products in the community promotion ads? – Arjan Nov 12 '11 at 10:16
  • @Arjan It is open-source and the only requirement for an ad is open-source and necessarily free beer. – Lincity Nov 13 '11 at 4:27

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