As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year.

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 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. 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.


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Child's Play - Give games to kids in hospital


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Kerbal Space Program

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    +1, everyone should play this.
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 2:22
  • I woulda captioned it "Not exactly rocket surgery", but then I like Ed Yong's blog :)
    – Tacroy
    Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 23:41

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Raspberry Pi

  • +1, but you forgot Super NES
    – Zommuter
    Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 21:51
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    isn't this a bit unrealistic? What links do you have that supports Gamecube? Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 20:13

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    Isn't this logo a little out of date?
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 20:53
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    – Niro
    Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 14:54
  • @GnomeSlice Yes, yes it is. Let me fix that.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 14:56


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    +1 this is my favorite free (actually-free, not farmville-free) browser-based game Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 20:28
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    Not sure why this is getting downvotes, it's a great game, and worthy recipient of ad space.
    – fredley
    Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 14:42

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  • 1
    I thought this was gonna lead me to some question. What's it a reference to?
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 13:41
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    @JNat Portal, and an ad we had last year.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 17:46
  • 1
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 0:03

Minecraft Feed The Beast Arqade Community Server

  • I made this ages ago, and @JeffreyLin's post reminded me to post it :-)
    – fredley
    Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 14:27
  • 1
    Yeah, it's way better than mine. Which I probably deserved the downvotes for.
    – user28379
    Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 23:59
  • 1
    I updated the link to point at a Meta post that describes the server, rather than the wasteland that is Minecraft chat.
    – fredley
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 10:10

Anime and Manga SE

  • 2
    We decided over at Anime & Manga that we will rotate the image that appears here, so that we can show all our ads without 'flooding' your site with them. Thus, we will change the image on the post every week or so.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 15:00
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    I just saw this ad - wonderful! Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 20:11
  • And it has never been edited since.
    – kotekzot
    Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 11:17
  • 4
    I really don't like the idea of rotating ads. We vote on the specific ad proposed, not on the general "idea" of an ad. Commented May 12, 2013 at 3:01

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