I think it's time it's we refresh our community ad post from last year so we can allow new ideas to be considered by the community. As such, here's the official community ad message for 2017 that's been circulating:

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 server utilities the site's twitter account script packs or power tools 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.

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. The question must always be tagged with the magic community-ads 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.

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  • Could you replace the gray with a darker colour that provides more contrast with the background? See this comment from last year.
    – Tsundoku Mod
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 19:33
  • I really like this one. It's clean, elegant, and gets the point across +1
    – fi12
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 22:24
  • @ChristopheStrobbe Working on more accessible colors right now
    – Hatchet
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 22:26
  • Okay, that's the last edit I'll be able to make today.
    – Hatchet
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 22:39
  • Contrast is better now; thanks.
    – Tsundoku Mod
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 10:51
  • I think you should consider submitting this to the Japanese Language, English Language Learners, and English Language and Usage meta community ad posts for 2017.
    – fi12
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 16:16

I'm resubmitting one of my entries from last year:

ad for Language Learning Stack Exchange with 9 different languages

Русский is Russian, አማርኛ is Amharic, తెలుగు is Telugu, हिन्दी is Hindi. 希腊语 is Chinese for "Greek".

I created the image in Inkscape and exported it to PNG. The image is available under a Creative Commons licence; you can also use it on other websites and on blogs.

  • Would anyone care to explain the rationale behind the downvotes?
    – Tsundoku Mod
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 18:05
  • At the very least, have the text in the red box be English. Not to be a harsh critic but this ad could look a but more professional. Commented Apr 15, 2017 at 21:12
  • I think you should consider submitting this to the Japanese Language, English Language Learners, and English Language and Usage meta community ad posts for 2017.
    – fi12
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 16:16

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