# Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

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.

### 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:

• useful tools or resources for physics research
• interesting articles or findings for the curious
• 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.

• Is Community Promotion Ads still on? Can I use it if I have a science-y Area51 propodal to promote? Oct 13, 2014 at 4:51
• Yes, they're still active, and will still be active until December when the next thread goes up. You can propose an ad for a proposal but I'm not the person who you'll need the approval of - it'll be your peers who will decide by voting whether or not they'll have the ad fly.
– Grace Note StaffMod
Oct 13, 2014 at 11:36

• '-1' The image is not descriptive. May 12, 2014 at 3:53
• +1 for obvious reason... Aug 29, 2014 at 6:11
• @draks... It looks like nice software but I'm afraid that the use cases for physicists are rather limited, which explains the relatively lukewarm reaction. Aug 29, 2014 at 8:00

• Dec 28, 2013 at 7:58
• The "The world's..." appears to me in greek in the SVG source. Jan 17, 2014 at 12:51
• That's quite curious. It shows in latin on my computer (Ubuntu) but the font name is indeed 'Symbol'. Just change the font for something similar - or whatever looks good, really. Jan 17, 2014 at 14:05

• We have several smaller "competing" science sites in the list so it seemed kind of silly to omit Physics Forums. (The image was kindly contributed by PF's founder and lead admin, Greg.) I'm posting this here so we remember to add it to next year's community ad thread. Dec 7, 2014 at 13:55
• I tend to find Physics Forums, while well-intentioned, to be the complete opposite of the "get your answer without dissecting a 5-page message thread" approach of this site. Dec 7, 2014 at 18:31
• @EmilioPisanty indeed; in fact it's right in the name: Physics Forums. But of course, if one were to apply that logic to say that PF shouldn't appear here, it would also disqualify some sites that we already do advertise - and generally speaking, I don't think there's any argument against showing this ad that wouldn't also take out several others in the same way. Dec 7, 2014 at 19:09
• Yeah, I don't see any particular reason not to advertise it. I just haven't found it helpful yet. (Just sayin', is what I'm saying.) Dec 7, 2014 at 20:17

• The image is taken from Piotr Migdal's post on ACADEMIA. Jun 12, 2014 at 4:41
• This is essentially an exact duplicate of this answer and I don't see what re-posting it adds to the discussion. The current ad on that answer is a lot closer to the descriptiveness that these ads need; its only problem is it's ugly. As I said before I can put in some graphic design work as it's a good place to link to, but you need to provide some input yourself, and repeating stuff you posted already is hardly the way to get people's attention. -1. Jun 13, 2014 at 4:49
• @EmilioPisanty The 7 upvotes on Piotr's answer shows that the name itself is self explanatory. Technically this answer is not an exact duplicate of my previous answer's previous version; this is of appropriate size. This answer is downvoted only because it is posted by me. Jun 13, 2014 at 5:45
• Please do not attribute intentions behind other people's actions. A focus on how you can improve your posts instead of how you perceive the community to be against you will do wonders in getting people to help you instead of downvote your posts. Jun 14, 2014 at 0:56

• I'm curious as to why this was downvoted. I haven't used Qiqqa yet as they don't have a linux version (yet) but it looks very solid from the outside. Is it simply the (admittedly deficient) graphic design? Dec 7, 2014 at 20:18
• (In which case - Qiqqa don't seem to provide the same level of workable brand materials as e.g. zotero does.) Dec 7, 2014 at 20:26

• I'm afraid that it couldn't be displayed properly because of the size.
– user29727
Jan 19, 2014 at 9:56

• Terrible font..
– user29727
Dec 8, 2013 at 19:54
• @Adobe - The font was a deliberate stylistic choice, intended to evoke golden age of robotics in science fiction. In many ways it would be better if it hadn't been anti-aliased at all, if I find the time I'll try to work out if I can make the text crisper. Dec 8, 2013 at 21:03
• @MarkBooth if you're trying to invoke the golden age you should really use the original Marvin! Dec 11, 2013 at 7:29
• Sadly I couldn't find any unencumbered MtPA artwork to use @Nathaniel otherwise I would have used that. Dec 12, 2013 at 0:15