OMG, I can't believe that Joomla Stack Exchange has never rolled out this feature before!
Let's fix this oversight, right now and forever.
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 until the end of the calendar year.
Why do we have Community Promotion Ads?
This is first and foremost intended to be a community building feature. The goal is for Joomla users to find out about the events, products and services that will be relevant and valuable to them. Hopefully this will spur new engagement within JSE and motivate Joomla users to do more and be more outside of JSE.
Since this is the inaugural year for this offering, the rules will be very welcoming about what can be advertised. For example, you might promote the following things:
- Pizza, Bugs & Fun
- User Group Meetings
- Akeeba Backup for Joomla
- TinyMCE for Joomla
- SiteGround Joomla Hosting
- RocketTheme Templates for Joomla
- Marketing Rocket for Joomla
- A List of Joomla Certified Administrators
- Joomla Social Networks
- the potential list goes on and on.
There is a caveat to this generosity though. If you are offering a product or service that generates revenue, we fully expect that you will increase your volunteerism in this community. This is a matter of decency, respect and balance. If you work for VirtueMart and post an ad for VirtueMart, it will be expected that you show your appreciation by having your employees help to field questions which are tagged with virtuemart. By effect, everyone wins -- this is what we are striving for.
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 re-posting 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 re-post it. It may be helpful to give it a new face (create a fresh new image) 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]] : http://image-url : 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 (and is only available to diamond moderators). In addition to enabling the functionality of the advertisements, this tag also pre-fills the answer form with the above required form.
- The image that you create must be 250 x 300 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.
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.
Want to see how other Stack Exchange sites' Community Ads look? Stack Overflow CodeReviewMeta WordPress
Currently JSE is not able to utilise this feature because JSE is still in Beta status. I have asked for this feature to be extended to all Stack Exchange sites.
In the meantime, please express your interest in this feature by:
- posting real, legitimate ads
- upvoting the question and
- upvoting any answers that contains an appropriate/Joomla-relevant ad.
This of this as a rehearsal before the stage becomes available.