It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now!

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:

  • the site's twitter account
  • interesting challenge and puzzle sites
  • 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.

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    $\begingroup$ Traditionally, we would post a sample ad with the site's twitter, but unfortunately Puzzling does not have a twitter account. Here's an example of one, though. $\endgroup$ – Grace Note Jan 29 '18 at 6:19
  • $\begingroup$ Do we have a twitter account? $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Jan 29 '18 at 8:26
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    $\begingroup$ @ABcDexter From the comment immediately above yours: "unfortunately Puzzling does not have a twitter account" :-) I guess we could set up a community-run one, as Literature has done, but I dunno if anyone would be interested in doing that. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 4 '18 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor My bad, i used the app and didn't notice that comment. Well, I could help in setting up a twitter account. Also, probably would submit an Ad as an answer here :) $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Feb 4 '18 at 17:57

For those who love grid-deduction puzzles

  • $\begingroup$ I designed this ad myself, despite essentially zero experience with graphic design. Any feedback would be much appreciated. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 4 '18 at 21:35
  • $\begingroup$ Really loved the puzzle this image contains. The fonts could be adjusted according to space they take in the image to make it more readable. $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Feb 5 '18 at 12:00
  • $\begingroup$ Congratulations, first new ad to be shown :) just got it $\endgroup$ – Quintec Feb 5 '18 at 23:20
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    $\begingroup$ I have been playing Tatham's puzzle pack for years. It has an Android app, too! $\endgroup$ – user20 Feb 6 '18 at 1:09

Check out the Help Center!

  • $\begingroup$ Copied over from last year. $\endgroup$ – Mithical Feb 4 '18 at 17:27
  • $\begingroup$ Oof my promotion ad $\endgroup$ – Oliver Ni Oct 26 '18 at 5:13

A puzzle trail for teams of curious people.


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  • $\begingroup$ Copied over from last year. $\endgroup$ – Mithical Feb 4 '18 at 17:25
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    $\begingroup$ I like how this is animated but personally I think this looks really boring. There is no colour and no puzzling reference. If someone could work on this, maybe even just add a puzzling background, this would be a good ad. As it is I don't want to see it back this year $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Feb 4 '18 at 19:41

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