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Community Promotion Ads - 2013

Apparently there's never been one of these on Server Fault. Let's amend that, shall we? ♪

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. Users of the community will provide images and content links, and then 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 server utilities
  • the site's twitter account
  • scripts packs 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.

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.

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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    For reference, this is what other sites do SuperUser, Apple, and Ubuntu
    – sysadmin1138 Mod
    Commented Dec 31, 2011 at 20:59
  • Can we use the inline URL format, rather than the annoyingly unreadable reference style?
    – womble Mod
    Commented Jul 28, 2012 at 13:27

9 Answers 9


Try OpenIndiana Today

  • Perhaps a bit blasé?
    – Wesley
    Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 22:53
  • 6
    Yep, but Oracle deserves it.
    – Chris S
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 0:15
  • Can't say it really hits the mark for me, as none of the listed features are unique selling points... all of them are also found in Oracle's own "grown up" successor to OpenSolaris, namely Solaris 11.
    – calum_b
    Commented Mar 6, 2012 at 8:05
  • @scottishwildcat Yes, but most of the core developers of those features left Sun before, during or after the Oracle acquisition. It could be cogently argued that, while the names are the same, the products are of a much higher quality in OpenIndiana that is the benefactor of the engineers who no longer work at Sun/Oracle. Solaris's DTrace isn't the same as OpenIndiana's DTrace.
    – Wesley
    Commented Mar 6, 2012 at 15:22
  • DTrace is a perfect example where the open source version is superior to Suns's, and almost certainly will be so long as Bryan M. Cantrill is running Joyent, and Oracle keeps Solaris closed.
    – Chris S
    Commented Mar 6, 2012 at 21:45
  • @ChrisS I don't disagree, was just saying there's nothing in the proposed ad to indicate that's the case. It's just a list of features that, on the face of it, could just as well be a Solaris 11 feature list, which in itself doesn't give me any compelling reason to click. (And of course, as long as Bryan Cantrill keeps DTrace open, presumably Oracle are quite entitled to include Joyent's version in Solaris if they so wish…)
    – calum_b
    Commented Mar 6, 2012 at 22:56
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    @scottishwildcat Nope, the CDDL does not allow you to use the covered software if you impose new restrictions on it. Proprietary and infectious licenses like the GPL need not apply. Same reason the BSDs and OpenSolaris derivatives get along, they can freely use each others code.
    – Chris S
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 0:41
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    Your move Oracle. Your move.
    – Wesley
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 3:27
  • @WesleyDavid - bit of a problem with the image from where I'm sitting at least, imgur isn't displaying it at all.
    – Rob Moir
    Commented Mar 25, 2012 at 12:56
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    @RobMoir Fixed. I thought when I uploaded the image to imgur, which gave the image its own URL, I could remove it from my own hosting account. I'm so confused...
    – Wesley
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 2:28
  • Alls well that ends well, or something
    – Rob Moir
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 5:19

Credit Card Sized Computer

  • I like - ordering one myself - but this is a bit "your point being...?" without some text.
    – Rob Moir
    Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 11:06
  • 1
    maybe something along "Computing credit card sized" ? Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 15:17
  • Sure, that works
    – Rob Moir
    Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 15:32
  • nice changes. Definitely works for me.
    – Rob Moir
    Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 22:05

Choose your way with FreeBSD


lighttpd: fly light

  • 3
    Because poor lighty could use some love between all these Apache and nginx questions! Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 1:44
  • I'm wondering which conclusion to jump to - It's unpopular or it's so easy to use that people don't need to ask questions about it. Maybe I should try it out for myself. Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 0:11
  • @JohnGardeniers Give it a shot; it's unpopular, at least relative to the major players, but that's not a good indicator of its quality (or ease of use). Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 1:39

Tagline to show on mouseover


Open Source Host-based Intrusion Detection System


Network management and monitoring

  • 1
    It should have a tag line or something so that people would know what is this project about. Maybe "network management and monitoring" as mentioned currently on the website. Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 14:13

netsniff-ng - the packet sniffing beast


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    The algorithm that SF uses to tweet Posts needs some tweaking before I could support this... It's generally the worst Questions that get tweeted, not really some I'd prefer to advertise.
    – Chris S
    Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 16:25
  • 1
    @Chris: feel free to down-vote... ;-) The point of these ads is that they're community-chosen. I'm sure you can think of things more worthy to advertise, and propose them here...
    – Shog9
    Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 16:58
  • 10
    You mean that twitter feed isn't supposed to be "vote to close" suggestions? I'm staggered. We'd love to promote a twitter feed that was actually worthwhile.
    – Rob Moir
    Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 19:55
  • 3
    I have yet to see any feed on Twitter I'd consider "worthwhile", @Rob - but last I checked, they let just about anyone create new ones, so you could certainly have a go at creating your own "best-of" feed there... Heck, you could even promote it with an ad here I suppose.
    – Shog9
    Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 20:01
  • 3
    You have obviously not been exposed to the greatness of @Nonapeptide.
    – Wesley
    Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 20:05
  • 1
    @RobMoir: Take a look at this: quickmediasolutions.com/stackbot Commented Feb 10, 2012 at 4:24

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