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I am currently writing documentation and setting up a website for a open source PHP project under the LGPL - a very flexible content aggregator that for example can turn a XML datasource into a valid, cached RSS feed and much more. It was a paid project that the client has agreed to donate to the community with no strings attached.

  • Will it be okay to promote this in a SO post in the form of a question (what do you think about..)?

  • What other means of promoting an Open Source project do I have on SO?

  • Where do I have to apply for donated ad space on SO as proposed here?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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See also: stackoverflow.com/questions/646804/… –  Shog9 Nov 18 '09 at 16:37

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  • Will it be okay to promote this in a SO post in the form of a question (what do you think about..)?

No, the community has almost always downvoted, closed, and deleted such 'questions.'

  • What other means of promoting an Open Source project do I have on SO?

Search for questions for which your project might be an answer. Add more than "Refer to our project" - ie, give a real answer and fit your project in as a possible solution.

  • Where do I have to apply for donated ad space on SO as proposed here?

As long as you fit the criteria listed in that question, send a message to team@stackoverflow.com for consideration. Keep in mind that unless your project is sigificant and very useful to developers it probably won't get any free advertising.

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I wouldn't make a question just to promote it - it's likely to get flagged for spam. However, if you see a question where your tool is applicable, you could post it as an answer, but I would be sure to state your relationship with the project (full disclosure and all).

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Your answer got posted twice. –  Brad Gilbert Nov 18 '09 at 16:16
    
Hm. Probably during a network hiccup. Weird things were happening this morning. –  Thomas Owens Nov 18 '09 at 19:43

You can promote it as an "answer" to a related question, but I don't think it should be asked as a question.

The answer should be useful for solving the question, or it will just get flagged as spam.

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If it's a relevant answer to a question, I don't think it's a problem to mention it as long as you try to sound not too subjective.

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I think you mean s/not too//. –  Stephan202 Nov 18 '09 at 16:14
    
No, he got it right the first time. –  womble Nov 18 '09 at 16:18
    
s/try to sound not too/try not to sound too/ –  Brad Gilbert Nov 18 '09 at 16:23
    
@womble: he changed "objective" to "subjective" within the first five minutes ;) –  Stephan202 Nov 18 '09 at 16:56

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