We're excited to announce that Octopus Deploy will be sponsoring Server Fault for the next year beginning very soon! These types of partnerships that help us bring more resources to our communities would not be possible without your hard work and dedication and we're extremely thankful for and proud of everything that you've done and continue to do.
You've got questions about what this means, we're sure - and we're here to answer 'em! We've anticipated a few which we'll explore below:
How will the sponsorship be displayed?
Good question! The sponsorship will be shown in top right of the header of the site in a manner that's similar to the mockup below:
The color of the logo might be different, we're still working out the final details, but it will be subtle and unobtrusive.
Octopus Deploy will continue to run ads in existing ad spaces on Server Fault during the sponsorship period.
What else changes?
That's easy: absolutely nothing.
Quoting from the MSE post linked in the introduction:
First — sponsors do not own these Q&A sites. Sponsors work alongside our communities who ultimately build these sites. Communities ask the questions; communities create the tags; communities conduct elections as they do now, and we are not renaming our current sites like a garish sport stadium to the highest bidder. Any ads a sponsor submits still have go through our crazy-strict ad editorial process… as it has always been. Companies do not have access to personal data, and all Q&A content remains irrevocably licensed under Creative Commons for sharing and attribution.
Sponsorships are a tool that our clients can use to let folks who would be interested in their products know about them.
When does this start, how long does it last?
The exact launch date is yet to be precisely determined, but we're aiming for the first week of November, if not a few days sooner. The sponsorship period last for a year from the date we go live.
I think I found a design glitch / bug.
Please report it as a separate bug. Thank you!
I have another question or concern.
Leave an answer below (I know it might seem odd to leave a question as an answer) and we'll do our best to answer you.
Thank you again, everyone! Again, this would not have been possible without the huge amount of work you've all put into making Server Fault so successful.