It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. This time with an actual Security-geared list of suggestions rather than last year's Web Apps!

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:

  • cool security related open source apps
  • the site's twitter account
  • 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 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.

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

  • 2
    When will these ads replace the 2013 group on the site - as soon as a certain amount hit the threshold, or when the calendar rolls over?
    – Iszi
    Dec 7, 2013 at 21:51

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Crypto Stackexchange

  • Now I notice those red lines are the the crypto.stackexchange.com address shifted 1, 2 and 3 letters forward, respectively.
    – JMCF125
    Jan 26, 2014 at 17:57

KeePass Password Storage


The Quieter you become...


OWASP - Application Security Is Not Just for Developers


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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
    Dec 6, 2013 at 11:31

Open Source Host-based Intrusion Detection System


Attrition.org - uncovering security sins since 1999

  • With the design from 1999
    – Samuel
    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:16
  • 1
    Fixed font rendering. Never subpixel something that is going to be displayed on any other screen
    – kinokijuf
    Mar 3, 2014 at 16:39

BlackArch Linux


Teckids e.V. – Erkunden, Entdecken, Erfinden – Discover, Explore, Forge

  • 5
    Only a small fraction of our audience can read German. There is almost no content in English on that site, so regardless of how worthy the cause may be, this is hardly an appropriate ad. Jan 12, 2014 at 19:43
  • Hm, is there really? I've translated some of the content already, and we indeed plan to have more follow. But I concur that the intended audience may be in the D-A-CH-LU-BE area mostly. (Nevertheless, German speakers are numerous on European OSS conferences, so maybe keeping it will, while not address everyone, still be read by some?)
    – mirabilos
    Jan 12, 2014 at 23:17

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