2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming 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:

  • the site's twitter account
  • interesting biology research sites
  • useful resources for practitioner and student alike
  • 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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  • $\begingroup$ 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 $\endgroup$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 12:26

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I should VOTE!

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    $\begingroup$ Please upvote to promote the upcoming election! As was done in 2017, you can remove your upvote or simply downvote to take the ad down following the election results. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 11, 2019 at 21:52
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    $\begingroup$ I searched for this image and came in just for an upvote. This is the greatest creativity example I have seen! $\endgroup$
    – iBug
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 6:41
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, @DeoxyribonucleiciBug! I created it for our 2017 election, and it garnered (if I recall) a few hundred clicks. Since it seemed to work, I figured we could pull it out each election cycle. Thanks for the +1 :) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 15:36
  • $\begingroup$ @theforestecologist Hm... now that the election has ended, maybe it would be better to just delete this, as it already exists in another post. Yes, I saw it as an ad. :-P $\endgroup$
    – EKons
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 17:21
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    $\begingroup$ @EKons I'm torn about how to handle this. It's nice to keep it undeleted so as to be a clear reference for the next election cycle. It's nice to see the analytics as well: Score: 13, Clicks per day: 3.39 (78 total). However, I agree that something needs to be done. Last election, we just encouraged downvoting to get it below 6 upvotes. I'll edit it to allow users to retract their upvote. If that fails in a week's time, then perhaps deleting is more appropriate. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 18:42
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe also change the picture to something like "Come downvote this ad, it's over now!"? :P $\endgroup$
    – EKons
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 18:43
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    $\begingroup$ Ha, I'd thought about doing that, too (as well as changing the link to bring people here instead). But again that ruins the ability for it to stand as a reference for future years. Let's see how downvoting works out for now... $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 18:44

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