The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads!

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 server utilities
  • the site's twitter account
  • script 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.

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
  • Must have a 1px border if (part of) the background is white or transparent

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 hear tale that there's this nifty new alerting system called Bosun - Maybe someone who knows more about it should get an artistically-talented person to make an ad for it? :-P
    – voretaq7
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 22:27
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    (not complaining, just curious) Why do we have to have a 1px border and few (none?) of the x.SE sites have that requirement?
    – Chris S
    Commented Jan 22, 2015 at 15:39
  • Would an Enterprise Content Management server be on-topic? I was thinking of adding nemakiware.com Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 7:35
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    @NicolasRaoul It's open source. I don't see a problem with it. But that doesn't guarantee that everyone else will like it! Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 20:01
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    Possible duplicate of Community Promotion Ads - 2016
    – mattdm
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 14:03

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Configuration Management

  • …my deployment server melted. :(
    – voretaq7
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 22:30
  • 1
    @voretaq7 Needs better cooling in your datacenter, clearly. Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 22:32
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    <throws another database server on the fire> What? I can't hear you over the server alarm beeps!
    – voretaq7
    Commented Jan 7, 2015 at 2:51
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    Lots of databases, databases burn good. Commented Jan 7, 2015 at 2:59

Bareos - Open Source Data Protection


FreeBSD - more than Creation

  • 1
    Stolen from Scott's 2014 ad (I'll see about coming up with a new banner though, I feel dirty recycling...)
    – voretaq7
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 22:25
  • Scott stole from me... who stole from the official post card templates.
    – Chris S
    Commented Jan 22, 2015 at 15:40
  • @ChrisS So we're all filthy little thieves?
    – voretaq7
    Commented Jan 22, 2015 at 16:44

FreeIPA: Identity Management done right


Fedora Server: The latest technology. A stable foundation.


Fedora Cloud: Lean. Powerful. Everycloud ready.


NemakiWare: NoSQL, CMIS-compliant Enterprise Content Management. Small start, scalable, open source


vim's rebirth for the 21st century

  • Images must have a 1px border around them if they have a white background.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 22:07

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    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. Which isn't going to happen, -18 speaks pretty far to that.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 3:21
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    We need to do better this year: Unix.SE beat us with -21. Let's get cracking people.
    – Andrew B
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 11:06
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    @AndrewB There is a new competitor this year. Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 17:45
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    – voretaq7
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 22:21

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