It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh 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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    Where you have Tagline to show on mouseover, that is actually the Alt text. You need to place the mouseover text next to the link like [2]: http://clickthrough-url "tagline text".
    – kiri
    Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 22:32
  • Ooooh... Where can you get Ubuntu Power Tools? Didn't know that about the rollover text.
    – Wilf
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 12:25
  • @wilf I'm not sure you can just edit the question post, it's pretty magical (look down into the answer section).
    – kiri
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 20:59
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    Sorry, but I think my previous comment was wrong. Whilst in markdown, that is the alt text, in the actual ads, the alt text seems to be used for the rollover as well. Check it at meta.askubuntu.com/ads/display/7773. I was confused because the rollover didn't appear on this question ( @wilf )
    – kiri
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 5:50
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    Is there any time limit as to when(and until when) images can be posted? Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 4:25
  • @Aditya You can post these up until December, and they will stick around up until then.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 11:08

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Dennis M. Ritchie - Father of the C Programming Language

  • Shamelessly copied from unix.stackexchange.com
    – haziz
    Commented Dec 14, 2013 at 20:01
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    I find it ironic that the "ad" for Dennis Ritchie is by far the most popular "ad" on Unix&Linux meta, but earns a negative vote here! The difference in outlook between the two communities, which I still valiantly think of as related if not mirror images, astounds me!
    – haziz
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 16:27
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    Well, just a face isn't exactly going to cut it IMO (to clarify, I didn't downvote here, but I'd not upvote it on U&L either). See the Ken discussion for more.
    – mirabilos
    Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 20:40
  • @mirabilos As you probably have noticed, it is also "just a face" on Unix&Linux meta, but there it is the most upvoted "ad" there. Why is there such a huge divide between the two communities?
    – haziz
    Commented Mar 1, 2014 at 14:53

Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu. Self Appointed Benevolent Dictator For Life.

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    Odd this had so many down votes... You could put in the top bit means "Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator for Life", though that might not make it any more popular... Also that fact that he only invested $10 Million in Ubuntu...
    – Wilf
    Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 20:14
  • It is in the rollover, and is also his twitter handle
    – Mateo
    Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 20:29

Ken Thompson - Father of Unix

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    @Mateo Image size fixed. I am surprised that the father of all Unix systems, including indirectly Linux, is not more popular here.
    – haziz
    Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 3:18
  • It is just a picture... and the rollover only has a non capitalized "ken" so... I recognize the other, but maybe a baseball card treatment would work better - with name and short what they are famous for.
    – Mateo
    Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 14:52
  • @Mateo Ken Thompson, the father of Unix. We would not be using Ubuntu if he had not written AT&T Unix in 1970!
    – haziz
    Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 23:45
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    Right, that is what you need to convey in this add... Right now it is just a face.
    – Mateo
    Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 23:53
  • Also... something like this link could be more descriptive.
    – Wilf
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 18:21
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    @Wilf Point taken. I also was somewhat dissapointed about his Bell Labs webpage ( unlike that for dmr ). It did seem more traditional though and probably done by him or on his behalf with his blessing. I did change the link to his Wikipedia page/biography. I am still very surprised by the negative votes on Ask Ubuntu. On unix.stackexchange.com dmr is the most popular community "ad" and Ken Thompson is not too far behind. I suspect people are expressing their gratitude to dmr for C and everything else he did, particularly after his passing.
    – haziz
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 22:33

Look on our treasures for make benefit.

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    I ... don't know what to say.
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 6:46
  • @Whaaaaaat On Sale now! Much Excite!! High Five!?
    – Mateo
    Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 16:13

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