The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads!

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 administration tools and resources
  • 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
  • Must have a 1px border if (part of) the background is white

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.

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    I would like to suggest explain.depesz.com (a visual explain mapper for postgresql) but the project doesn't have a logo that I know of :( Commented Feb 10, 2015 at 10:52
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    Someone please make an ad for SQL Fiddle too, along with some meme-like text like "We don't post a question on DBA.SE without a fiddle". Commented May 18, 2015 at 13:38
  • @GraceNote Where do we report if our ad link isn't working anymore? I spotted the Plan Explorer ad below out on a question, and clicked the link, and ended up here. See the edit to my answer below to see the link the banner currently points to. Thanks!
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 0:14
  • @Aaron Thanks for reporting, I'll see who I can find to figure this out.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 11:43

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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
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 3:10

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  • Clearly that gets a +1!
    – Hannah Vernon Mod
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 16:44
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    -1 because I'm not in London :)
    – Paul White Mod
    Commented Jan 31, 2015 at 15:50
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    @PaulWhite - then you'll just have to arrange something locally :) Commented Jan 31, 2015 at 16:06

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  • Perhaps you meant to add this to the community promotion question on Workplace.SE ? That logo is for their community, not the DBA community!
    – Hannah Vernon Mod
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 4:08
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    @Max I think the idea is to cross-promote the site on other professional sites. Ankit, it would probably have helped if you'd made that clear in a comment here. Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 13:59
  • @JackDouglas community-ad is mostly get used for cross advertising among se. I don't think it required clarification. Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 14:08
  • ahhhh, I suppose that makes sense.
    – Hannah Vernon Mod
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 14:14
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    "mostly get used for cross advertising among se" I don't think we've ever had one proposed on DBA.SE. Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 14:54

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