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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 Dec 2 '11 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 ModStaff Dec 2 '11 at 15:55

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Community Ads with Gaming.SE


Join the Arqade Community on Steam!

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    Visually appealing and fits the site theme nicely, well done. – Matthew Read Nov 2 '12 at 20:43

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


Contribute to the Gaming Community Blog!


Stackgaming's survival Minecraft server

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    Thank you for nothing the problem with image-only posts; this has been rectified – Marc Gravell ModStaff May 16 '12 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 May 16 '12 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.

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    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 Mar 26 '12 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 Dec 16 '12 at 20:31

The epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics of cakes

  • Support a friendly beta! Spread the knowledge! – commando Apr 25 '12 at 23:50
  • "The" should be "the" IMO; I'd also push the "Click here" line down a bit. – Matthew Read May 16 '12 at 15:41
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    @MatthewRead Thanks! I took the advice. – commando May 17 '12 at 17:51
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    -1, Hobo Standard font. Real original. But mostly because it doesn't scream 'philosophy' at me. – GnomeSlice May 22 '12 at 1:50
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    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. – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jul 5 '12 at 17:01
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    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. – Jon Ericson Jul 11 '12 at 20:42
  • Nice changes. - Changed my thumbs down to a thumbs up! – Snap Sep 17 '12 at 4:43
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    white on light blue makes it hard to read – user27134 Sep 17 '12 at 16:00
  • To be frank, I liked the original one a lot better than this. – bitmask Nov 2 '12 at 16:46

Professional Starcraft 2 strategy & commentary

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    This is an amazing webshow :) – Nick122 Nov 12 '12 at 19:16

Faster than Light


Compete on 4 new maps every day

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    Neat, +1 even though I have no idea what this is. – GnomeSlice Jun 25 '12 at 23:50
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    +1 because after discovering this completely free game, I enjoyed it so much that I contacted the creator and suggested he post here :) – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jun 26 '12 at 0:11

Run. Think. Shoot. Live. Source

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    "They're waiting for you, Gordon." flows a bit better IMO. – Matthew Read Nov 2 '12 at 20:37

Scientist. Fictional.

  • There's already one for scifi.stackexchange – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Sep 27 '12 at 2:59
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    @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 Sep 27 '12 at 6:50

Tagline to show on mouseover

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    Why "Ask" and not "ask"? – Matthew Read Nov 2 '12 at 20:36
  • How is a wizard Sci-fi? Surely Wizard is Fantasy cadre? – David Yell Dec 10 '12 at 14:06
  • Having now visited the site, I see that it's actually Sci-fi and fantasy! – David Yell Dec 19 '12 at 11:34

A classic game. Now stunning on iPod and iPad.

  • Needs a tagline. – Ullallulloo Jan 9 '12 at 17:43
  • Good call. Fixed. – Moshe Jan 9 '12 at 18:00
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    Why all the downvotes? Is it against the rules to advertise your own work? – GnomeSlice Jul 8 '12 at 21:07

The Blops

  • Self-promotion warning. I hope you like it! – HenryHey Sep 5 '12 at 5:54
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    Lots of downvotes, any tip on how it would be better accepted? – HenryHey Sep 18 '12 at 15:31
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    Some indication of why the community should stand behind this particular iOS puzzle game instead of the millions of competing games might help. – SevenSidedDie Sep 21 '12 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 Oct 9 '12 at 18:43
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    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). – SevenSidedDie Oct 9 '12 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 Oct 10 '12 at 9:07

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