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Community PRomotion Ads - 2013

Alright. We may have horribly failed to actually do a half-based Community Ads system last year. Well, this year, since we start in December to work on the actual year. Since it's more of a biseasonal thing. BUT ANYWAY... we may have failed to do half-based...

...and we're going to continue to fail to do it half-based! VIVA LA REVOLU... actually I'm not Spanish enough. So, at any rate, we're doing it by year now. Both as a measure of rebellion, and by official decree anyway.

We still have the feedback post for those who have questions, since there isn't a lot of good room here to respond.

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, on a gaming site, you might promote the following things:

  • your ventrilo server
  • the site's twitter account
  • 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. And to click on it for great justice!

Unlike Stack Overflow's similar initiative, you do not have to be advertising a free service, or libre software to take part in this initiative. Advertisements for non-free stuff is perfectly acceptable.

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.

Ad gallery

You can check out the ads that have met the threshold with basic click stats here.

  • So does this mean if we still want to use ads from last year that we have to resubmit them?
    – FAE
    Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 11:57
  • @Fallen You can reuse ads, but they ideally should have a new face and not just be a complete repost. Give it a fresh new feel, ideally. ♪
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 15:55

19 Answers 19


Community Ads with Gaming.SE

  • 1
    Feel free to downvote if recursion is frowned upon...
    – dpatchery
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 17:00
  • 4
    Jeff seems not to mind. Commented Dec 9, 2011 at 3:56
  • 4
    Needs more Comic Sans.
    – Brant
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 2:40

Join the Arqade Community on Steam!

  • 2
    Visually appealing and fits the site theme nicely, well done. Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 20:43

It's really a no-brainer. Get it now.


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Stackgaming's survival Minecraft server

  • 2
    Thank you for nothing the problem with image-only posts; this has been rectified Commented May 16, 2012 at 14:44
  • It looks like the mouseover text has a typo, survival is spelled survial. Pretty minor, but I just thought I'd mention it.
    – Brysonic
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 21:18

Combine OverWiki, the Half-Life and Portal wiki - Run. Think. Shoot. Edit.


Nuclear Dawn is a Source engine based Multiplayer game that combines the visceral action of a First Person Shooter with the deep branching gameplay of a Real Time Strategy title.

  • 2
    InterWave Studios is an indie dev house that released Nuclear Dawn on Steam in 2011 - they're looking to promote it on the site, and there might be a cool giveaway coming soonish :)
    – agent86
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 17:59
  • Game is dead. Don't buy it. There is maybe 1 server that has players sometimes and they are very elitist, telling you to leave if you don't have a good k/d right away.
    – user28015
    Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 20:31

Faster than Light


The epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics of cakes

  • Support a friendly beta! Spread the knowledge!
    – commando
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 23:50
  • "The" should be "the" IMO; I'd also push the "Click here" line down a bit. Commented May 16, 2012 at 15:41
  • 1
    @MatthewRead Thanks! I took the advice.
    – commando
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 17:51
  • 1
    -1, Hobo Standard font. Real original. But mostly because it doesn't scream 'philosophy' at me.
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented May 22, 2012 at 1:50
  • 8
    This ad really needs the text philosophy.stackexchange.com in it. As it stands, it's disingenuous in that it appears to be a site about Portal 2 (which would appeal to many gamers). Meanwhile, the people who would actually be interested in a philosophy site, but not Portal 2, will most likely not click on this ad. -1. Commented Jul 5, 2012 at 17:01
  • 5
    I would change the "Click here to be enlightened" to "philosophy.stackexchange.com". It would also be sweet if there were a relevant question behind the link rather than just the front page. Commented Jul 11, 2012 at 20:42
  • Nice changes. - Changed my thumbs down to a thumbs up!
    – Snap
    Commented Sep 17, 2012 at 4:43
  • 6
    white on light blue makes it hard to read
    – user27134
    Commented Sep 17, 2012 at 16:00
  • To be frank, I liked the original one a lot better than this.
    – bitmask
    Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 16:46

Professional Starcraft 2 strategy & commentary

  • 1
    This is an amazing webshow :)
    – Nick122
    Commented Nov 12, 2012 at 19:16

Compete on 4 new maps every day

  • 1
    Neat, +1 even though I have no idea what this is.
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 23:50
  • 2
    +1 because after discovering this completely free game, I enjoyed it so much that I contacted the creator and suggested he post here :) Commented Jun 26, 2012 at 0:11

Run. Think. Shoot. Live. Source

  • 3
    "They're waiting for you, Gordon." flows a bit better IMO. Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 20:37

Scientist. Fictional.

  • There's already one for scifi.stackexchange Commented Sep 27, 2012 at 2:59
  • 4
    @BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft: The Gandalf one is a generic ad for scifi/fantasy, while this tells you "hey, we also love video-game lore!". A different thing. Tailored just for Arqade.
    – bitmask
    Commented Sep 27, 2012 at 6:50

Tagline to show on mouseover

  • 4
    Why "Ask" and not "ask"? Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 20:36
  • How is a wizard Sci-fi? Surely Wizard is Fantasy cadre?
    – Neon1024
    Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 14:06
  • Having now visited the site, I see that it's actually Sci-fi and fantasy!
    – Neon1024
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 11:34

A classic game. Now stunning on iPod and iPad.

  • Needs a tagline. Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 17:43
  • Good call. Fixed.
    – Moshe
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 18:00
  • 2
    Why all the downvotes? Is it against the rules to advertise your own work?
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented Jul 8, 2012 at 21:07

The Blops

  • Self-promotion warning. I hope you like it!
    – HenryHey
    Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 5:54
  • 3
    Lots of downvotes, any tip on how it would be better accepted?
    – HenryHey
    Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 15:31
  • 3
    Some indication of why the community should stand behind this particular iOS puzzle game instead of the millions of competing games might help. Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 18:41
  • @SevenSidedDie But most ads just use an image and a short non-descriptive tagline (because they are already famous). I feel that writing more would make a worse ad.
    – HenryHey
    Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 18:43
  • 3
    Yes, conflicts between what makes an ad attract upvotes indicating community support and what makes an ad effective advertising are possible. Perhaps the lack of famousness requires a different advertising and community-support-garnering approach than ads for things the community already knows and supports. tl;dr: an effective ad knows its audience(s). Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 21:00
  • OK, I'll look for a better way to advertise and meanwhile I'll leave this ad here in case it becomes famous. Thanks for the help!
    – HenryHey
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 9:07

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