2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming 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:

  • 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.

  • I am (some sort of) a graphics designer. If you need any ad done, kindly tag me. Cheers.
    – Parto
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 16:27

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Ubuntu Hideout on Discord

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    Disclaimer: I am the owner of the Ubuntu Hideout Discord server. We are a friendly community with over 1.1k members as of February 2019 and constantly growing. Our intention is to provide a place to casually chat in a comfortable environment with other like-minded people as well as to get direct help with technical problems in a dialogue. Note that we are not a help desk though, nor are we officially affiliated with Canonical, Discord or any other company.
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 20:47

GIMP - The Free & Open Source Image Editor


Firefox Quantum - Fast for good.


Vi and Vim Stack Exchange


Greg's (GreyCat's) Bash Wiki


Join your fellow community members in chat!


VLC - More than just a media Player

  • The purpose of this ad is not to introduce VLC (like it needs it). However, it is to present VLC as more than just a media player. VLC can do much more than just playing media files. I have linked the 'how to' VLC wiki.
    – Parto
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 20:39

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
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 11:53
  • It would be great if the twitter template ad was updated for HDPI screens.
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 2:11

Internet of Things


LXD - Linux Container

  • The purpose of this ad is to introduce LXD to a person who has no idea what containers are - that's why I have included the line "Better lighter virtualization". This is open to suggestion though and can be changed.
    – Parto
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 20:52

WPS Office for Linux


GNU Health Federation

  • Might be bigger, I don't have photo editing software, right now, I'll edit it later, let me know if I must resize it
    – Lynob
    Commented Jan 31, 2019 at 0:19
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    Needs a 2px grey border to meet the specs.
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 2:11

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