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:

  • 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 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.

  • Erm, you surely meant 150 KB? ;) (Yeah, I know – darn updates. Just leaving a heads-up for others.)
    – e-sushi
    Commented Jan 23, 2016 at 16:20

5 Answers 5



  • 3
    I like the graphic, but I think it'd be mildly improved if there was some sort of short pitch included in it. That would kinda fit with most of the other ads we end up having. And also be an opportunity to express what's special about Crypto.SE vs. Sec.SE.
    – Iszi
    Commented Jan 19, 2016 at 23:53
  • @Iszi I definitely agree, which is why we currently have an ongoing effort to come up wiith something better. (In case you‘ve got a creative idea, please feel invited to post it there.)
    – e-sushi
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 11:46
  • Whoah. Edit too big!
    – Iszi
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 15:47
  • 2
    You kids and your fancy retina screens.
    – Simon
    Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 12:49

Tagline to show on mouseover


See all questions with active bounties

  • This is a copy from last year; the size is not a problem. Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 11:04

Digital Forensics StackExchange



  • This is a demonstration post to indicate how this should look when an ad is posted, now with 80px more width! 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 Jan 15, 2016 at 3:04
  • 2
    I haven't paid much attention to our Twitter bot in awhile. Has the SNR substantially improved, or is it still tweeting crap questions? I imagine some communities probably down-vote this into a firey pit.
    – Iszi
    Commented Jan 19, 2016 at 23:56
  • 1
    @Iszi Server Fault: 2016 2015 2014 2013 Unix & Linux: 2016 2015 2014 (it was well-received before) Mathematics: 2016 2015 2014 (it was well-received before) Commented May 25, 2016 at 16:16
  • LOL. Thanks @Gilles.
    – Iszi
    Commented May 25, 2016 at 16:23

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .