It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new 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
  • useful tools or resources for physics research
  • interesting articles or findings for the curious
  • 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 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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Community Promotion Ads are proposed and voted on by the Physics SE community

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Great idea. Not enough folks know about this. I was really surprised when I learned about it months ago. –  Brandon Enright Mar 2 at 3:58

Browse through our unanswered questions!

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Huge thanks to rm -rf, from Mathematica.SE, for building the MM.SE version of this dynamic ad, and porting it for Physics. Image is a retina display (440x500px) and should work fine. –  Emilio Pisanty Mar 8 at 22:27

Space Exploration Stack Exchange

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Originally posted by Tildalwave. I thought this might be an attractive one ;-) –  Waffle's Crazy Peanut Dec 6 '13 at 17:25

Current Physics Stack Exchange bounties

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Works perfectly (even if the size looks big). –  user29727 Dec 10 '13 at 20:28
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The size is important. The images are 'reaped' automatically by the system, and images with the wrong size will be rejected. Nice one, though! –  Emilio Pisanty Dec 10 '13 at 20:48
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Dear @EmilioPisanty , Check the Apple.SE site where it works pretty fine: apple.stackexchange.com –  user29727 Dec 10 '13 at 20:50
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@all: The size appears to be higher than 220x240 but it is perfectly displayed, just see the Apple.SE site. –  user29727 Dec 11 '13 at 12:32
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Fair enough, yeah. Let's go for it, I say. –  Emilio Pisanty Dec 11 '13 at 14:10
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This is nice, but it's a little funny when it says there are no bounties. Maybe it can be customised to only display when there are at least a few bounties, say 100 rep or more, or `150. –  Dimensio1n0 Dec 28 '13 at 10:16
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@GraceNote, is dimension10's idea feasible? –  Emilio Pisanty Jan 18 at 18:49

arXiv.org: the biggest open-access e-print repository for maths and physics

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I know we already have one arXiv ad - to which I just proposed a modification - but I'd still like to propose this. The arXiv does not normally push for researchers to upload, but I think this is innocuous enough. It is actually primarily aimed at non-researchers, to help bring home the message that the arXiv does have a huge chunk of the world's physics papers in it. –  Emilio Pisanty Dec 11 '13 at 14:28

LaTeX Search

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Online tool for searching equations and their LaTeX code, so that you don't need to re-create them! –  tohecz Feb 27 at 11:45
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Yes, but \gamma^5 is \gamma^5. –  Emilio Pisanty Feb 27 at 14:16

Free online collaborative $\LaTeX$ editor

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Edited with a much better version. –  user29727 Dec 7 '13 at 13:58

PhysicsOverflow: a graduate-level upward physics site

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It was obvious to have down votes :-(. Nonetheless '+1' –  user31782 May 12 at 3:06
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+1 From me too! It is a great website, and I hope there can be some mutual friendliness between the two sites. I don't really understand the "you're either with us, or against us" mentality some people seem to adapt. –  Hunter May 12 at 23:44
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@Hunter personally, I can't support a site that has no expectation of civility. Just be sure you're not seeing that mentality where there is actually something more going on. –  David Z May 15 at 5:20
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@Hunter for those who are interested, here and here are two short comments explaining a bit more accurately than what David Z said what PhysicsOverflow is meant to be. –  Dilaton May 15 at 7:10
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To add some transparency to the downvotes, I am one of them. I have indicated a willingness to discuss this in an appropriate space on this site (i.e. chat) but the Physics Overflow organizers did not really respond. –  Emilio Pisanty May 23 at 16:01
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I must say that I feel they responded very badly to the accusations of phishing on this thread (some comments now deleted). I am also not happy that, for a site that would like to be considered as a professional forum, their users list shows me as an active user and therefore makes it look as though I endorse it regardless of whether I do or not. (I also wonder what e.g. Gil Kalai thinks about that.) It is not clear from the outside what the formal moderation is but there are a few big red lights for me. –  Emilio Pisanty May 23 at 16:04
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@EmilioPisanty thanks for catching the typo. Personally, I was rather appaled about the moderators reluctance (it took them about a week to delete the very inappropriate meta post) in dealing appropriately with the throwing around of very bad (including statements about criminal intentions) accusations of a particular user in the course of the "Phishing Affair". Happily this bad episode is now over... If you read the user profiles you can clearly see who is active and who is not, and when looking at the posts and comments you can discern the imported ones by the attribution line. Peace now... –  Dilaton May 23 at 18:41
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To be clear, I do not think you addressed the serious and valid concerns on phishing in any meaningful or positive way. And unless you gray out the inactive users' profiles in a visible way on the users page, I will continue to not thank you for using my name without my consent. Ultimately, though, it is up to you - just don't stand and wonder why there's a lack of support from this community. –  Emilio Pisanty May 23 at 22:23
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@DavidZ Most of the users just want a good site where they can ask questions and get answers; PhysicsOverflow is just another one, and we should appreciate their effort. ِSome users had problems with them when they were trying to change the atmosphere of this site. But now they're gone and have built another site. I really can't see what's your problem now ! –  Mostafa May 31 at 9:56
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@Mostafa no, just because Physics Overflow exists doesn't automatically mean we should appreciate the effort put in to make it. I've already said why I don't consider this particular site to be a good use of our ad space. –  David Z May 31 at 12:18
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I am indifferent to “civility wars” that happened here long before me, but this splinter group is dysfunctional as a community. They do not want to think, they only try to rise their self-esteem by mutual admiration. A doomed site IMHO. –  Incnis Mrsi Aug 21 at 20:12

Tagline to show on mouseover

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Image is a Fireworks vector PNG. –  Emilio Pisanty Mar 1 at 20:01
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... and many thanks to @Manishearth for writing and maintaining this script. –  Emilio Pisanty Mar 1 at 20:01

Follow us on Twitter!

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Well, I think it's okay here. Physics.SE is doing very well on twitter :) –  Waffle's Crazy Peanut Dec 6 '13 at 10:57
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@CrazyBuddy A number of people have been quite disappointed with the behavior of the site-specific Twitter feeds (like this one). They seem to more or less randomly choose questions to tweet and thus a lot of relatively bad content winds up getting shared. (But of course you can make your own judgment about this) –  David Z Dec 7 '13 at 22:56
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@DavidZ: I get your point. Questions under bounties and Can you answer this? stuff (in twitter) can sometimes be bad. But, others are quite okay (probably highly voted stuff) :D –  Waffle's Crazy Peanut Dec 8 '13 at 3:30

WorldCat - the online catalogue of the world's libraries, online

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That's quite curious. It shows in latin on my computer (Ubuntu) but the font name is indeed 'Symbol'. Just change the font for something similar - or whatever looks good, really. –  Emilio Pisanty Jan 17 at 14:05

enter image description here

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If anyone knows about archive.org site please edit a good picture in my post. –  user31782 Apr 20 at 8:22
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The new image is even worse and it does not comply with the size requirements. Think about why you think this is relevant and build on that. If you provide a good mock-up made e.g. in MS Paint, I may have time to make a pretty version. Have a look at the other ads: they all say pretty much right away why you should click on them with the possible exception of the two space.se ads, which are graphically strong enough to stand on their own. –  Emilio Pisanty Apr 21 at 11:30
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A new image has been added. The downvoters may reconsider their downvotes. I do not know who downvoted my post. Now I am going to be banned from this site so I won't be able to improve this post further. Regards. –  user31782 May 12 at 4:44
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I changed the picture to that from meta.academia.stackexchange.com/a/1045/49. I hope now it looks nicer. For tweaks or anything, the source is here: gist.github.com/stared/a9538e926e05f0a5b157. –  Piotr Migdal Jul 21 at 10:02

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