It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now!

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 300 x 250 pixels, or double that if high DPI.
  • 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
  • If the background of the image is white or partially white, there must be a 1px border (2px if high DPI) surrounding it.

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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    I like this, but it really does not look professional. Could we have a new one for 2018?
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 18:33
  • @Tim: You're right, it just looks fun. Maybe if I have some free time I will try and make another. But for the moment I am afraid that I am very busy so I will have to put my studies and work before this. But maybe in a few weeks I can have a go at something.
    – user364819
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 22:14
  • It looks interactive. I like it.
    – neverMind9
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 21:16


  • PS -- the current "background" is transparent not white.
    – ravery
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 11:52
  • @Melebius -- how about this?
    – ravery
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 15:37
  • Much better, thank you!
    – Melebius
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 17:22
  • There's still no border, and it's still transparent at the bottom. A 1px black border, and a white background would be preferred.
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 18:32

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
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 5:09
  • It would be great if this example (and the examples for other sites) was updated for the new High DPI resolution!
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 18:31

Oh My ZSH – power to your shell!

  • I am not sure if the sentence “Power to your shell” is correct in English (intended meaning: Make your shell powerful). I’d appreciate if anyone suggests a better slogan.
    – Melebius
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 7:29

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