It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017!

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.


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Writers SE

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    This looks like an ad for a ghostwriting company, why is is shown here? Commented Aug 25, 2017 at 10:58

You can also join us in the CS room, http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/59701/join-cs-educators

  • Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't private beta a time when only those who committed to the Area 51 proposal can join. Also, private beta is usually pretty short, so you may want to lose that bit.
    – StrongBad
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 14:17
  • We're trying to promote the site becuase we have an unusually small number of users in the private beta due to some special circumstances. I will edit the ad when we leave private beta and delete it if we don't make it. You can view the site without committing or logging in by clicking the ad and then clicking the logo. Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 14:32
  • @StrongBad "Private Beta" is now more like "Mostly-closed Beta" or "Protected Beta". Anyone who didn't commit can still "join" the site. They have to go through Area 51, and connect their existing account to the new site. Not really any different than joining any other site, except that it goes through Area 51. See this MSE post
    – user74312
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 21:48
  • @GypsySpellweaver thanks. I missed that change.
    – StrongBad
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 21:57
  • @StrongBad Easy to miss. I only stumbled on it looking for the length of Private Beta. Still, good to know for all the growing private beats.
    – user74312
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 21:58


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    This site is a blatant rip-off of physics.stackexchange.com.
    – Alan
    Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 15:44
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    @Alan I am not sure blatant rip-off is completely accurate, but there is some sort of history between the two: physics.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6196/…
    – StrongBad
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 17:16
  • Ah, I understand now; thanks for the reference. Based on name, design, and content, at first glance it seemed very sketchy...
    – Alan
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 17:27



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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
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 14:15

Check out the Area 51 Remote Sensing Proposal

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