It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016!

Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to previously - the changes are marked in bold in the Image Requirements section.

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:

  • the site's twitter account
  • academic websites and resources
  • interesting campus story blogs
  • 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 300 x 250 pixels, or double that if high DPI.
  • 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
  • If the background of the image is white or partially white, there must be a 1px border (2px if high DPI) surrounding it.

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.

  • Do we have to follow the template or can we use an <a href=""><img src=""></a> – OldBunny2800 Jan 21 '16 at 2:16
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    Have to use the template – Grace Note Feb 26 '16 at 18:05

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  • This looks blurry – becko Mar 20 '16 at 10:23
  • @becko it's a screenshot, you're welcome to contact the site admin to ask for a vector version. – Cape Code Mar 21 '16 at 9:07
  • They sent me an .svg. What do I do with it? How can I add it here? – becko Mar 21 '16 at 12:20
  • Or I could send it to you? – becko Mar 21 '16 at 12:21
  • @becko neat! upload on imgur and provide the link, I will edit my post with the better version. – Cape Code Mar 21 '16 at 12:48
  • @becko I don't know if you need a certain reputation to edit this post, but if you see the "edit" function below the post, then you are welcome to edit yourself. – Cape Code Mar 21 '16 at 12:50
  • imgh.us/logo_213.svg ... I cant edit, please you do it. – becko Mar 21 '16 at 12:57
  • @becko did they really send this? It's not the same font as the homepage. – Cape Code Mar 21 '16 at 13:19
  • It's what they sent. – becko Mar 21 '16 at 14:52

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  • Below text setting me bit of. – Ankit Sharma Feb 4 '16 at 8:26
  • @Ankit Could you expand on that comment a bit? Are you upset that I cross-referenced the source? – Martin - マーチン Feb 4 '16 at 8:29
  • no, i mean the text below the beakers, site address. Specially the font. – Ankit Sharma Feb 4 '16 at 8:32
  • @Ankit we had a fair amount of talk about it in chat. You are welcome to grab the source and experiment yourself. It was the best I could come up with. – Martin - マーチン Feb 4 '16 at 8:33
  • fair enough but i am not good with this stuff to start with anyways ;) – Ankit Sharma Feb 4 '16 at 8:35



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  • Image file now at i.stack.imgur.com/HAnRi.png – E.P. Aug 1 '19 at 16:00
  • Thank you very much! – pintoch Aug 1 '19 at 16:05
  • Eh, I don't see much point in updating three-year old Community Promotion ads (as they no longer impact the live ads, but sure. – E.P. Aug 1 '19 at 16:07

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  • Note to the mods / admins: Maybe consider allowing the use of Area51 images instead of forcing us to re-upload to imgur, as this way, the number of followers is not updated on the community promotion ad. – malexmave Apr 6 '16 at 7:47
  • You could have used an Area 51 image yourself – see my edit. – Wrzlprmft Apr 7 '16 at 6:34
  • Huh, interesting, it didn't let me do that when I tried that exact code. Thanks anyway :) – malexmave Apr 7 '16 at 7:25
  • The by SE staff in private beta closed Open Science community has been successfully revived outside the SE network at the German University of Bielefeld, where it is allowed to gather momentum at its own natural pace without being threatend to get closed again against the will of the community: meta.academia.stackexchange.com/a/2208/5904 – Dilaton Apr 8 '16 at 22:07

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  • Inkscape SVG source. – E.P. Jun 7 '16 at 16:37
  • thanks for the ad! We think doai.io is not really easy to use for now and we're working on a new version, which should go live in the coming months hopefully. – pintoch Jul 6 '16 at 8:37
  • @pintoch Cool! This one isn't live, but this one is. I really like the project but I agree it can improve. I had some trouble with a particular doi some weeks ago (dunno if I can find it again, though), but I couldn't find anywhere to report it. Is there some issue tracker / support email / similar? – E.P. Jul 6 '16 at 9:57
  • That's exactly one of the things we'd like to improve. For now you can use our issue tracker github.com/dissemin/proaixy/issues. – pintoch Jul 7 '16 at 10:49
  • @pintoch Cool, I'll keep that in mind if I find a problematic one. Keep up the good work! – E.P. Jul 7 '16 at 12:18
  • @pintoch Is this the place for that? It certainly needs a link on the doai.io front page that says what to do with links like that. – E.P. Aug 8 '16 at 19:28

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  • This is a demonstration post to indicate how this should look when an ad is posted, now with 80px more width! It also doubles as your twitter ad, but it's up to you if you wish to promote it by voting. – Grace Note Jan 15 '16 at 3:10

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  • Great! great! Great – user111388 Aug 1 '19 at 17:01

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