It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now!

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
  • review blogs and research websites to keep on top of each new season
  • events, meetups, and conventions
  • 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.

  • I'm wondering. with the image to be posted in the answer, if this was changed at a later date would that change be reflected if it was an ad? (ie. the twitter one if we got a design with a new icon later on)
    – Memor-X
    Jan 29, 2018 at 22:35
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    If the image changes and the ad is already voted up, the new image will be used for the rest of the cycle. Outside of circumstances exactly as you're referring to (i.e. actual branding changes for whatever is being adverted), it's usually good courtesy to not change the image partway through a cycle once it's already been voted up.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:43
  • Can I still make suggestions?
    – SK19
    May 13, 2018 at 19:25

2 Answers 2


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    As copied from last year's ad. Jan 29, 2018 at 18:08
  • I don't know about this one. I'm asked for my interest in western animation and the first thing I see is an angry guy with a fist. Wouldn't inspire me to go there.
    – SK19
    May 13, 2018 at 19:26
  • @SK19 what about this Jan 24, 2019 at 6:31

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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
    Jan 29, 2018 at 6:01

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