So comes the end of the latest of the even numbered years to date. Or maybe for you it has already come. All that matters is that it means that it's time for another round of Community Promotion Ads to reset! And a lot of "that"s in a row.

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:

  • your ventrilo or Mumble server
  • the site's twitter account
  • resources or databases for gaming information
  • indie games that are awesome, but people might not know about
  • game servers or gaming nights
  • 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 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.


18 Answers 18


Child's Play - Give games to kids in hospital

  • An updated ad with the new logo.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 16:00
  • ...this is way bigger than 250x220px... Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 23:26
  • +1 This ad is a good idea.
    – Unihedron
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 8:06
  • @AnnonomusPenguin It's fine. They work.
    – Tim
    Commented Nov 18, 2015 at 16:49

Pay what you want, support charity, get incredible games: The Humble Bundle


Raspberry Pi StackExchange - What will you do with yours?

  • I'm reposting this: by clickthroughs it was the most popular ad last year.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 16:57

Join the Arqade Community on Steam!


Come and join us on Community Building Stack Exchange!


Join our community in Manyland: The open universe we create and live together.

  • 2
    considering down voting just becaus of the time wasted on this fabulous site
    – Blem
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 14:35
  • Is this a binding of issac or Fez clone or something? With GladOS?
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 21:32
  • It's a MMO exploration and creation game. This is a screenshot of some creations in the game.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 21:34

GameChops | Professional Video Game Remixes

  • 1
    Text still looks a bit shit at the smaller size, but it's more descriptive than the other one.
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 2:21

The Indie Royale: Grab awesome games and music!


OpenTTD - Transport Tycoon for the 21st Century


Join Mythology Stack Exchange


Be prepared with Hardware Recs SE!


Visit Health Stack Exchange




Help this community grow -- follow us on twitter!

  • 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. Y'all know the drill by now.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 3:02
  • 10
    I'll repeat my comment from last year: I don't think this is a good ad to display, our twitter feed is not the best representation of our community.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 10:17
  • 3
    The twitter feed is how I read about half of the questions I nowadays do, so I would like to see it promoted.
    – 3ventic
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 18:20

Transcendence: Journey to the Core (PC, rogue-like/RPG game)

  • This is an ad to the Steam Greenlight page of a game I absolutely adore (yes, it's already playable and has been for years!).
    – bzm3r
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 4:33
  • Do you think it'd be worth adding some text?
    – Robotnik Mod
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 4:58
  • @Robotnik Definitely. I'll try doing so soon. I have a midterm tomorrow, but once I am done, I'll see if I can't add some. I wonder if no text has some curiosity value :p
    – bzm3r
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 5:59
  • while the game is great (how long has it been around anyway?), the add definitely needs some text. Why not add the name of the game?
    – Monika
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 10:57
  • @Monika Done. The game has been out since the early 2000s, but continues to be developed and expanded.
    – bzm3r
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 15:43

Lifehacks Stack Exchange

  • 3
    I really don't know if I should upvote or downvote...
    – MBraedley
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 3:08
  • @MBraedley So far the consensus seems to be to downvote. Oh well, I tried.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 10:12
  • 1
    What's with the size of this and other images? Do sizes that are multiples of, not just exactly, 200×250px work on Arqade? Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 20:18
  • @SevenSidedDie They are twice the display dimensions: 440x500px. This means they will look nicer on Apple's Retina® screens, and other high-dpi environments.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 20:21
  • @fredley Do they work though? The OP still says that CA images must be 200×250. Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 20:22
  • @SevenSidedDie Yes
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 20:48
  • 4
    How am I going to clean the lifehack cartridge if I can't read the instructional cartridge cleaning material on the lifehack cartridge?
    – badp
    Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 21:37

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .