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:

  • 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.

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    The awesome part about the Meta section is that you don't feel like a jerk for downvoting stuff. :) This makes it perfect for getting honest opinions about the submissions. Commented Feb 22, 2013 at 16:09

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    Original design by @GraceNote: link
    – efthialex
    Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 11:03
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    nice! awesome job on the update @efthialex
    – Mateo
    Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 19:14
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    This violates the Twitter Trademark and Content Display Policy, which explicitly prohibits using speech bubbles around the bird, rotating the bird, and changing the color of the bird.
    – ændrük
    Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 21:29
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    @efthialex I updated to reflect Twitter Trademark policy.
    – Mateo
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 0:17
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    or, using Ubuntu's "tweet pictogram" i.sstatic.net/vLh2v.png
    – Mateo
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 2:21


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    Amith KK, you had posted many entries in CPA 2013. I really see in your act a wish to prevent entries of previous years to be missed. I myself don´t care about your attitude as I already was to post again my entry, but I think that if I wanted to change something, I would feel kind of disrespected as I, as creator of the image, wanted to update it and someone without asking nothing just repost it as if I couldn´t change the image. Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 16:04
  • It is not my case, but I think that this is a valid opinion and I think you shouldn´t repost, so the creator won´t be missed, in my opinion you should have waited a period to just repost the missed entries. And just for you to know I am not just seeing the CPA 2013 now, I saw it only a few days after it was opened although you had already posted my entry, I though to share my opinion that time, but I forgot to do so and now I am just posting it with some lag, sorry ^^ Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 16:06
  • @RodrigoMartins Sorry :) . Well.. that was the only sane way to get all the ads in rotation asap
    – Amith KK
    Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 16:24
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    No need to sorry, I think that anybody was "hurt" with your act, if I were you I just had waited a bit to see if the creators were reposting their entries or making new ones, and then if I see that some was missed I would repost. I am saying it constructively ;) Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 16:26

Vim the editor

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    Ah yes, the one true editor.
    – jrg
    Commented Apr 8, 2013 at 12:45
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    @jrg Sorry. Emacs is the one true editor/OS/IDE/mail reader/organizer/psychiatrist....
    – haziz
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 9:57
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    can't do calculus in vim, emacs has my vote!
    – Dov
    Commented Jun 15, 2013 at 21:23
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    Vim holds a special place in my heart but I just don't feel comfortable recommending it to most of the people I refer to this site.
    – ændrük
    Commented Jul 26, 2013 at 23:39
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    vim is so so cool! everyone should learn to use it - once you do it , you won't use anything else.
    – piotrektt
    Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 22:18

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  • Is it just me or are the icons to the left and on the phone a bit blurry?
    – kiri
    Commented Nov 16, 2013 at 8:09
  • @minerz029 Now that you mention it, they are a little blurry. That could just be the size though.
    – Seth
    Commented Nov 16, 2013 at 18:17

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    Original design by @green7: link
    – efthialex
    Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 19:59
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    @efthialex amazing work! Great! :)
    – green
    Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 4:07
  • Nice work, this one looks great! Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 14:47

Find new apps

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    Not sure "apps" is really the best word. Software might be a better option.
    – don.joey
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 6:25
  • If I'm not mistaken, USC official name is Ubuntu Software Center.
    – Braiam
    Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 14:35

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    Don't think this will work, needs to be 220x250 pixels. Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 0:33
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    @JorgeCastro I just modified it, now it's 220x250 as you said.
    – Zignd
    Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 22:49
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    Awesome, looks great! Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 23:52

How to Ubuntu!

  • This link is broken. I'm just getting a "Sorry, we can't find that post" page.
    – ændrük
    Commented Jul 26, 2013 at 23:27
  • Thanks @ændrük I had no idea query strings broke my URLs. Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 10:42

Create your own QR codes in Ubuntu!

  • There is a new set of ad's out, Just to let you know. I Like the program and would like to see it on the new set of ad's :)
    – Mateo
    Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 3:00

GNU Emacs!

  • @mateo_salta Done. It is now 220x250 pixels.
    – haziz
    Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 9:25
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    I don't use Emacs, but I find this hard to read. Commented Aug 5, 2013 at 2:42
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    @AndrewGrimm it's the official logo for emacs afaik Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 11:27
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    I resized the logo to restore the original proportions inside the 220x250 canvas. Hope no one minds.
    – user29058
    Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 17:53

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  • It will soon have a Spanish version and an updated 13.10/14.04 version. More "user friendlish" Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 2:04

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