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>
    – AAM111
    Jan 21, 2016 at 2:16
  • 1
    Have to use the template
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Feb 26, 2016 at 18:05

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Effective Altruism SE proposal


Auto-Latex Equations add-on for Google Docs

  • 5
    I don't like this add since I have no idea from the image where I am going to end up.
    – StrongBad
    Feb 19, 2016 at 15:11
  • Why? There is a google docs logo in the image, I think it would be self-explanatory that it leads to a google doc. Is it better to link to our website rather than the direct install page (an additional click away from install?) Feb 19, 2016 at 22:51
  • 3
    Unless you already know the logo, from the image the most we can tell is that it goes to a google doc related to LaTeX and equations. Further, the link has a referral code which I also do not like. Why not build an ad around the logo?
    – StrongBad
    Feb 19, 2016 at 22:59
  • It doesn't only go to a Google Doc; the doc is just a gateway to the add-on store (which is free anyways). The code does not track users in any way, just tells me that I got a website hit. What do you mean by "ad around the logo"? I want a simple, picture-based ad with minimal text, and don't want to compromise the design. Feb 19, 2016 at 23:04
  • I mean something like the zotero ad with the logo and some explanation.
    – StrongBad
    Feb 19, 2016 at 23:23
  • My color scheme is radically different from that ad, and I don't currently posses the design experience necessary to make it visually appealing. Got suggestions for color/background/sizing? Feb 19, 2016 at 23:26

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