The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads!

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:

  • cool Ubuntu applications
  • the site's Twitter account
  • Ubuntu scripts 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. 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.

  • If it OK to use HTTPS links to images/urls? – Wilf Jan 10 '15 at 1:16
  • @Wilf according to the rules above, "Must be hosted through our standard image uploader (imgur)", so that would rule out external hosting. That being said, exceptions have been made in the past (see this answer). If in doubt, open a question here on Meta. – Nathan Osman Jan 10 '15 at 7:27
  • @NathanOsman - just i found that for things that need HTTPS imgur can do it happily (e.g. the inkscape one below i.stack.imgur.com/1DfhT.png). I mainly use this so no security errors occur when the web page is HTTPS but the contents is not - web design and development not always that fun cos of fixing stupid errors... I think it be fine unless usersuse a network that blocks HTTPS, in which case the flippin thing won't load. – Wilf Jan 10 '15 at 17:18
  • @GraceNote shouldn't there be a new one? – OldBunny2800 Jan 14 '16 at 23:58

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  • You might want to consider updating this with an image of the BQ Aquaris. (Hint: this might help.) – Nathan Osman Apr 15 '15 at 18:12
  • Yeah, I think I'll change the wording too since they are preferring Ubuntu phones instead of touch now. – Mateo Aug 23 '15 at 16:49

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  • How did you get this ad into the system? Normally it rejects ads without images... – Martin Schröder Feb 17 '15 at 21:44
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    It's a special one, works on all StackExchange sites. – Donarsson Feb 23 '15 at 10:10

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  • Hi! as the resident fella who gets frustrated by ads without borders, do you mind adding some borders to this ad so it meets our creative requirements? Thanks! – stevvve Aug 24 '15 at 21:20

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  • Customize Ask Ubuntu? Not convinced – don.joey Jan 3 '15 at 9:07
  • @don.joey Hey, I'm the one who actually designed that, what would you propose the tagline to be? Kindly see this first – Parto Jan 3 '15 at 21:31
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    I am thinking of - "Improve Ask Ubuntu!" What do you think? – don.joey Jan 4 '15 at 13:33
  • @Parto I hope I did not discourage you stating I am not convinced. I just think that you cannot customize AU in AU meta. – don.joey Jan 4 '15 at 13:34
  • @don.joey Changed. – Parto Jan 5 '15 at 11:37
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    @Parto upvoted! Just one detail: Ask Ubuntu (and not ubuntu) would be nicer. – don.joey Jan 5 '15 at 13:22
  • @don.joey Hahah. Noted. Lemme change :-) – Parto Jan 5 '15 at 18:42
  • @don.joey Done. – Parto Jan 5 '15 at 18:48

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  • Thanks forgot to copy it... – Wilf Jan 10 '15 at 1:09

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  • Hi! I'm on the team that makes sure paid advertisers adhere to creative specifications (among other things). Do you mind adding borders to this ad? Thanks! – stevvve Aug 24 '15 at 21:20
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    @stevvve - paid? would love to be... done anyway. – Wilf Aug 25 '15 at 13:23
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    Hahahaha I included that part so you know we have strict guidelines for them, and that those standards come from somewhere-- not just making them up to make your life extra fun! :-) – stevvve Aug 25 '15 at 15:13
  • @stevvve we haven't seen this as part of the requirements for for community promotions for years - here is the community post from 2011: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/1089/… Is this something recent? – Mateo Oct 25 '15 at 20:38
  • @Wilf can you post an updated one of this for this year's ads? The review queues are growing again. – muru Mar 18 '16 at 20:55

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  • superb image editor for all levels of photographers but sometimes crashes and takes up a lot of resource, at least in my case. – Moithil Biswas Jul 9 '15 at 9:34

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  • The design of the image could be improved, e.g. by using less red, especially removing the reddish fog above the screenshot. – Byte Commander Mod Oct 25 '15 at 17:56
  • @ByteCommander: I agree! That's an artifact of gnome-screenshot... feel free to edit and replace! (I'm not good with graphics programs) – Fabby Oct 25 '15 at 18:49
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    @Fabby: I think I've improved it, but if you don't like it please revert it back or let me know what needs improving upon. :) – user364819 Oct 26 '15 at 9:55
  • Ubuntu font! Ubuntu font! Can we haz Ubuntu font? – muru Oct 26 '15 at 12:26
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    @muru: Done! :) – user364819 Oct 26 '15 at 13:00
  • @ParanoidPanda: I like it! – Fabby Oct 26 '15 at 21:35
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  • Hallloooo! This ad requires a border because it has white space near the outside of the ad. Do you mind adding a border in to appease the ad ops gods? Thanks! – stevvve Aug 24 '15 at 21:21

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  • Perhaps better link a page from which it's more obvious how to install on Ubuntu? – Nemo Oct 17 '15 at 19:06

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  • I tried to make it the sharpest as I could. If you have little suggestions I can probably take care of them (simple stuff like borders / background etc). Also this is just a baseline; If someone has better skills than me at GIMP and / or a better idea, feel free to edit; here is the original sprite in SVG: cdn.sstatic.net/unix/img/sprites.svg – kos Nov 13 '15 at 8:03
  • how about Unix on line, then &, then Linux? – muru Nov 13 '15 at 12:12
  • @muru I thought about it, but I don't know if I'm allowed to modify the logo that way. Let me see if I can find the rules for reusing the logo. – kos Nov 13 '15 at 12:16
  • their favicon is a staggered U, &, L, so I suppose some degree of accommodation to the form of presentation can be made. – muru Nov 13 '15 at 12:24
  • @muru Ok, apparently these rules apply; the problem is they mention "Do not distort or alter our logo in any way.". I think so as well, it's not that I'm altering it that much. I'll make it, let's see if they have something to object. – kos Nov 13 '15 at 13:02
  • don't worry too much. Ask on U&L Meta. I'm sure they'd agree. – muru Nov 13 '15 at 13:08
  • @muru Done. What do you think? You were right, looks way nicer than before! – kos Nov 13 '15 at 13:54
  • "Unix", "&" and "Linux" are all X-centered and Y-centered in their third of the height, but "Unix" and "Linux" the relatively to the height of "U" and "L". Maybe I should center those according to the height of the other letters. – kos Nov 13 '15 at 14:01
  • looks great! +1 – muru Nov 13 '15 at 14:01

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    +1, however, for a future version of the image I would recommend to somehow make it a little more obvious that this ad is not about a computer game. For example, the image could be diagonally split into two parts: the upper half would be just like now but the lower half would show the wireframes of the 3D models. – Chriki May 31 '15 at 13:15
  • Ooh okay, makes sense. Perhaps I can edit it? – KhoPhi May 31 '15 at 20:58
  • Looking at this answer, it indeed seems to be possible to improve an ad. Not sure about the exact “rules” for this process, though. – Chriki Jun 1 '15 at 10:32
  • yes, you can edit and improve. – Mateo Oct 25 '15 at 17:25
  • Well, the image is up for editing/replacing. Can't wait to see what new image comes up! – KhoPhi Oct 25 '15 at 17:30

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  • Yeahhh this needs a border to meet our specifications. Please update the ad as soon as you can. Thanks! – stevvve Aug 24 '15 at 21:22
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    @stevvve - done as well, would it be easier to a 1px border to the adbox itself :) – Wilf Aug 25 '15 at 13:28

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  • Gimp XCF file here, if you want create your own (also for when I lose it later :) – Wilf May 30 '15 at 21:24

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  • Can you take a minute and add a border in? Borders are required for ads with white (or near-white) space along the edge of an ad. Thanks! – stevvve Aug 24 '15 at 21:22
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    It is not mentioned in the image requirements. Can you take a minute and change the image requirements to include this requirement? Thanks! – Ole Tange Aug 25 '15 at 7:09
  • Grrrumble they were at one point a part of the requirements. I'll speak with the powers that be to get this cleared up. :-) Thanks! – stevvve Aug 25 '15 at 15:14

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    The official name is "elementary" without the OS last time I looked... ;-) – Fabby Nov 18 '15 at 16:09
  • I know that, but I wonder why in the world they say "The image that you create must be 220 x 250 pixels" if they're going to accept also image sized 440x500px. – kos Nov 18 '15 at 16:24
  • Ok. I'll have to redo mine for 440x500 I guess :( – kos Nov 18 '15 at 16:31
  • @Tim: I bow to your screenshot! ;-) – Fabby Nov 18 '15 at 20:53

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  • 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. – Grace Note ModStaff Jan 1 '15 at 3:23

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