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Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2012

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TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they will appear on the main site as community promotion ads.

But whyyyyyyy?

This is a method for the community to control what gets promoted to visitors on the site. For example, on a gaming site, you might promote the following things:

  • your ventrilo server
  • the site's twitter account
  • indie games that are awesome, but people might not know about
  • game servers or gaming nights
  • 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. And to click on it for great justice!

Unlike Stack Overflow's similar initiative, you do not have to be advertising a free service, or libre software to take part in this initiative. Advertisements for non-free stuff is perfectly acceptable.

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.

Image requirements

  • The image that you create must be 220 x 250 pixels
  • 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

Score Threshold

There is a minimum score threshold an answer must meet (currently 6) before it will be shown on the main site.

Ad gallery

You can check out the ads that have met the threshold with basic click stats here.

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Love this idea! A good way for gamers to know little gems and for gamedevs to spread their work. –  Drake Mar 10 '11 at 18:10
    
So, oddly enough, all of Gnomeslice's images seem ot have been borked. –  Raven Dreamer Jun 21 '11 at 21:46
    
@Raven > Maybe I don't know how to imgur correctly? :S –  DwarfSlice Jul 18 '11 at 21:16
    
It's now 2H 2011... –  Nick T Jul 22 '11 at 15:12
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Not only is it 2H 2011, it's nearly Q4 (or the second half of 2H). –  user2974 Sep 28 '11 at 5:01

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OpenTTD - Transport Tycoon for the 21st century

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I love openTTD (although I love its close competitor Simutrans too!) Trains - what can possibly be more fun than a big trainset! –  Danny Staple May 11 '11 at 21:47
    
A game like Minecraft that I keep coming back to, time after time. –  wonea Jun 2 '11 at 10:38
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I believe this ad is what first got me into OpenTTD. –  Maxpm Jun 19 '11 at 19:23
    
It sure was for me :D –  Zsub Jul 20 '11 at 10:32
    
Yeah, Simutrans is pretty good too. –  Nathan Osman Aug 18 '11 at 0:10

Download Desktop Dungeons - a Free Roguelike -  today!

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Desktop Dungeons is amazing. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Mar 9 '11 at 2:42
    
@LessPop I'm surprised there aren't more questions about it here. –  Mana Mar 9 '11 at 4:54
    
@Mana Eh, really sometimes it seems like there's not so much to ask other than general strategy. "Who do I fight next?" –  badp Mar 9 '11 at 21:58
    
@badp True, I encountered this problem when immediately after that comment I thought hard about what kind of questions I could ask for DD and came up with absolutely nothing. –  Mana Mar 9 '11 at 22:00
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I just learned about DD yesterday. Found it on a site that listed top 2010 indy games. I fell in love with it instantly. –  Jin Mar 9 '11 at 22:07
    
Thanks to this ad, I went to the DD site again and found out they now have a Mac version! –  Kevin Y Mar 10 '11 at 17:44
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I lament the fact that there is no linux build available :(. –  Glen Wheeler May 9 '11 at 12:42
    
I love this game... Brilliant little "coffee break" time waster (I say waster in the nicest way possible, of course). –  IttyBrittyGirlGamer Nov 18 '11 at 16:09

Help this community grow -- follow us on twitter!

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would it be possible for you to make one similar to this for the StackExchange Steam group? Something similar with just a Steam logo would be awesome. –  Nick T Apr 29 '11 at 1:47

Battle for Wesnoth: An open source turn-based game with a fantasy theme.

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I downloaded this a month or two ago after hearing about it on this site, but I only got around to playing it yesterday. I must say that it's the most polished and fun open-source game that I've ever seen. –  Ullallulloo Jun 3 '11 at 14:28

Have Joel explain it to you.

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Basically, "copyright owners" would be able to ban a site from Google, all US traffic and all US payment services for having just a few "bad" links here and there. –  badp Nov 29 '11 at 16:52

Yes, we do have a Ventrilo server. That's because we didn't know any better.

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Yay for Mumble! –  FAE Mar 14 '11 at 15:18
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Oooooh. Pick any three. Took me a sec. –  Raven Dreamer Mar 18 '11 at 4:00
    
Been using mumble for a few years now. +1 :) –  Simon Hartcher Mar 27 '11 at 11:42

You're adopted. Writing will make you feel better.

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Certainly looks pretty, but instead of it just pointing to the blog I reckon we need a "Contribute" page setting up for it to point to instead? Otherwise people will follow the link and just get lost... –  DMA57361 Jul 19 '11 at 12:30
    
Ok, which page do you think would be a better destination? –  Moshe Jul 19 '11 at 12:41
    
@Moshe: He's saying that we need a new, currently non-existent, page for it to link to. –  Ullallulloo Jul 19 '11 at 13:11
    
Yes @Ullallulloo is correct, the gap lies elsewhere not with the advert, and it's one we really should plug. I'm going to see if I have permissions to create pages on the blog, if so we'll just need to decide what it should say... –  DMA57361 Jul 19 '11 at 13:17
    
@DMA57361, Ivo Flipse actually mentioned this to me yesterday. You might want to discuss with him, just so you're both on the same page. (No pun intended.) –  Moshe Jul 19 '11 at 13:24
    
I actually don't know how we added such a page on the SU blog, but I agree we need to add one. –  Ivo Flipse Jul 19 '11 at 13:29
    
@Ivo and Moshe - the blog lets us do it, I just tried it with a placeholder (and removed it again!), check my comments in chat room –  DMA57361 Jul 19 '11 at 13:31
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Updated the link to our brand new contribute page –  Ivo Flipse Jul 19 '11 at 18:54
    
@IvoFlipse - Great! –  Moshe Jul 19 '11 at 19:05
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This ad always makes me think that glados wants to adopt me ("You're adopted!") as opposed to making me feel unloved ("You were adopted.") –  authenticgeek Jul 27 '11 at 22:52
    
@Nick, Your comment made me laugh. Awesome! –  Moshe Jul 27 '11 at 22:56

Classic games for Windows, DRM-free.

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Welcome, to GOGCOM! This, is GOGCOM! Anything can happen, at GOGCOM! –  DwarfSlice Mar 16 '11 at 18:42
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-1 for dumbest publicity stunt ever... itworld.com/business/121629/… –  vartec Apr 25 '11 at 19:16

Don't lose target! Write about what you want!

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Updated the link to our brand new contribute page –  Ivo Flipse Jul 19 '11 at 18:54
    
@IvoFlipse Nice! –  Moshe Jul 19 '11 at 19:05

The link to the blog is at the bottom!

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Poorly worded--how does the first statement (question) have anything to do with a blog? Questions and answers belong on the Q&A site. Posting good answers to your own real, useful questions on SE is perfectly valid. –  Nick T May 28 '11 at 22:10
    
@nick if you have a better line let's hear it. :) –  badp May 29 '11 at 7:10
    
@NickT I thought @badp meant it in a way that if you're bored and have nothing else to do: go write a blog post instead. But if you have a better wording, we're all ears :) –  Ivo Flipse May 29 '11 at 7:44

StackExchangeScripts - Help us help you help us all!

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Repost of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/74983/… –  Private Pansy Mar 9 '11 at 14:29
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The resolution has been fixed, as well as what @badp said, though I think 'Get it now' isn't a particularly good tagline –  Private Pansy Mar 14 '11 at 2:09
    
How about replacing "Get it" with a 1 up mushroom? –  Moshe Jul 19 '11 at 3:11

Nitrome: Flash games with awesome pixel art, and chiptune music.

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Imgur seems to have broken this ad. –  Raven Dreamer Jun 21 '11 at 21:46

Team Fortress 2

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I said for a while I was going to post a TF2 ad, but never got around to it. But here it is now! –  user2974 Sep 28 '11 at 4:52
    
I'm not the biggest fan of the image at the bottom, but Heavy is the iconic TF2 class. I had one with a Spy fighting a Demoman and Soldier before, but eh... –  user2974 Sep 28 '11 at 4:56
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I really feel that if we do advertise it's better to give it to open-source / indie projects. TF2 gets enough promotion without our help. –  Oak Nov 3 '11 at 23:31
    
@Oak: While you may prefer it, "Unlike Stack Overflow's similar initiative, you do not have to be advertising a free service, or libre software to take part in this initiative. Advertisements for non-free stuff is perfectly acceptable." –  user2974 Nov 3 '11 at 23:49

Nippon. A trading game for iOS.

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Nippon is a classic trading game, remade for iOS. –  Moshe May 10 '11 at 0:00
    
I feel like this add need more text in some way. I saw it, didn't know what it was, clicked it, and got taken to the itunes store (a place I did not want to be). –  tzenes Aug 9 '11 at 13:49

Solomon's Boneyard: A polished dual-stick shooter for iOS

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Anyone care to explain the two downvotes? –  DwarfSlice Jun 21 '11 at 22:05
    
No idea, have an upvote. Is that your game? –  Moshe Jul 18 '11 at 17:59
    
@Moshe > No, but I just thought it was really good. :P –  DwarfSlice Jul 18 '11 at 21:14

Harm's Way: A great multiplayer experience; FOR FREE!

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I thought this was the better of the two Doritos offerings. –  CyberSkull Sep 4 '11 at 12:58
    
@CyberSkull, make it three, now. And yes, it's still the better. –  DwarfSlice Sep 4 '11 at 16:00

Simply put a bare link to the video; it'll be replaced with the embedded player.


Bad things about this ad:

  • Off-topic: it should've been a meta announcement instead.
  • Size (this is a square 220×220, should've been 220×250, taller than it is wide)
  • Poor use of color palette
  • Overused, tired meme
  • Too bland
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This ad downvoted to hell because it's off-topic (a meta announcement would be more apt). Area51 teaches it's a good thing to have, actually, so please don't delete. –  badp Mar 9 '11 at 23:26

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