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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 site-related open source apps
  • the site's twitter account
  • scripts 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.

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. This question must always be tagged with the magic tag.

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.

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    Nice Blazing Saddles reference! Commented Jul 20, 2011 at 14:52
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    This looks good, except I'm not seeing the tagline when I hover over the image with IE 8. Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 15:33
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    I strongly support open source, gdal etc. are part of my mandatory personal toolkit and I've been actively involved in osgeo4w for several years. Yet I don't feel comfortable with the over representation of open source projects in the current ad submissions (at the moment, only FLOSS is present in the tool category). At the same time, I wouldn't just add something for ArcGIS on spec (for one particular example), because, well, they can do their own darn marketing. They get enough money and publicity from me anyway. I don't have a solution to this conundrum. I just needed to voice it. Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 19:51
  • Is anybody seeing these ads? I haven't noticed a single one. Are they perhaps being served by a non-SE site that's getting blocked?
    – whuber
    Commented Aug 23, 2012 at 14:21
  • I found the problem: an ad blocker add-in to a Web browser. I had to turn it off completely to see the ads; giving permissions to stackexchange.com wasn't enough.
    – whuber
    Commented Nov 10, 2012 at 23:01

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Open-Source Desktop GIS

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    I'm glad somebody finally put this up! Although should it have the name included?
    – Andy W
    Commented Jan 3, 2012 at 20:49
  • @AndyW yes ... I wondered the same. It probably should, but should it also explain its function? Something like QGIS: Opensource Desktop GIS? Or just QGIS ?
    – djq
    Commented Jan 8, 2012 at 21:04
  • your the boss! I think either of those would be helpful, although what you have done so far is quite nice IMO, and there is no real pressing need to change it unless you (or someone else) feels like taking the initiative.
    – Andy W
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 21:14
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    I agree that it needs a little more clarification -- the logo is not sufficient for those of us who have never seen it before, and therefore less likely to lead to a click.
    – nmpeterson
    Commented Jan 10, 2012 at 19:37

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation

  • I've noticed on the main site because this image does not conform to the pixel standards, it is stretched in an odd way. It may be best to fix it (or shrink the image and pad it with whitespace?)
    – Andy W
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 17:25
  • I switched the image size. Hopefully it works better Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 23:05

Free and OpenSource Geospatial Database

  • Image size is 240x240, yet it still shows up. Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 1:33
  • I got it from the postgis SVN, should I resize it? Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 7:32
  • Since it works, I see no reason to. I guess 220x250 is a guideline. Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 14:18
  • It appears SE scales the picture to fit, slimming down the elephant. Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 14:22
  • A bit of a diet at the beginning of the year doesn't hurt, right? Although the idea of a skinny elephant seems a bit sad... Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 20:46



Powerful Open-Source Desktop GIS


MapServer Open Source web mapping


GeoMeetup in San Francisco


MapWindows GIS


Society of Cartographers - UK]![Society of Cartographers - UK

  • No click-through link? What is the society of cartographers?
    – Andy W
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 19:37
  • fixed url and link tag
    – Mapperz Mod
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 21:11

GIS for Transportation Symposium April 16-18


The International Cartographic Association


FOSS4G North America 2013

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