It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016!

Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to previously - the changes are marked in bold in the Image Requirements section.

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:

  • interesting Android apps
  • 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 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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Find apps by real-life categories!

  • I know, I'm repeating myself again :) We've had this for the past two years already. Still it's well maintained, and proved helpful for Android.SE and SoftwareRecs. Not to forget its extensive list of permissions with their explanations, the "search apps by permissions" feature, etc. :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 7:10

F-Droid: Open source app store

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    100 % Free/Libre Apps +1
    – Pandya
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 12:28

Follow us on Twitter!

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    This is a demonstration post to indicate how this should look when an ad is posted, now with 80px more width! 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 15, 2016 at 3:15

Tagline to show on mouseover


Izzy's Android-Handbuch (Deutsch/German)

  • Didn't make it last year (just 4 votes – come on :) New version now. Yes, that's my German Android book – including a beginner's guide, lots of explanations, tips & tricks, and plenty of links to Android.SE ;)
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 7:15
  • Um, a bit of English please?
    – Firelord Mod
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 7:54
  • @Firelord you've asked that last year already. Answer is still the same: I can hardly keep up having my books up-to-date in German. So doing the same for translations won't be possible, sorry. Just this book is about 300 pages (in print format), to give you an idea. And thinking of the image size here: it's a book cover. Should I rotate it by 90° to fit the format – or simply add "transparent boarders" to the left and right? :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 9:06
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    I did? I can't recall that. But anyhow. I think I'll remember this for next year. :)
    – Firelord Mod
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 9:10
  • @Firelord Oh, sorry: wasn't you. Anyhow, that's what it is. As the 5th print edition will be done by Wiley this spring (those who do the "Dummies" books as well), I'll ask them if they'd print an English version as well. Some money might convince me to do the job, enough upvotes given :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 9:19
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    PS (as I was asked for): If anyone has a better design for that image, I'm open to it (I admit I'm not good in design). Here's a link to a higher-res image of the book cover :) Suggestion (by @Firelord) was to include some details on the book (price, "now at Amazon", or the like) instead of what's now at the right side. Fine with me: it's "Izzy's Android book in German, Kindle format, at Amazon, ~ EUR 5" :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Jan 16, 2016 at 15:00

OsmAnd: Offline maps/GPS


NetGuard: Not all apps need the Internet


Upload To Commons

  • Good app, good idea, but maybe better phrasing/grammar in the add? Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 16:21
  • @MichelfrancisBustillos: I am open to any suggestion for better phrasing :-) Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 2:59
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    "Witnessed an Event, or taken rare pictures? Upload to Commons to be used on Wikipedia." Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 14:19

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