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Open Source Advertising - Sidebar - 1H 2011

Here is your chance to create a Free Vote-Based Advertisement for an Open Source Project. Create a graphical ad for an open source programming project and post it as an answer to this question (in the right format), and it will feed live remnant ads on stackoverflow.com.

Ad Requirements

It must be an advertisement soliciting the participation and contribution of programmers writing actual source code. This is not intended as a general purpose ad for consumer products which just happen to be open source. It's for finding programmers who will help contribute code or other programmery things (documentation, code review, bugfixes, etc).

In order to work, the answers you post to this question must conform to the following rules.

Answer Template

[![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 add any commentary, keep it in the comments.

Image requirements

  • The image that you create must be 220px by 220px
  • Can be hosted anywhere (tinypic, twitpic, your blog); we will mirror the image locally when we serve it.
  • Must be GIF or PNG
  • No animated GIFs
  • Absolute limit on filesize of ~150kb

The output, which ultimately will be served in an ad slot on Stack Overflow, can be previewed by clicking through to this URL:

http://rads.stackoverflow.com/ossads/220x250

There is a minimum score threshold an answer must meet (currently 6) before it will be served up by that URL and shown on Stack Overflow. You can see all the ads that currently make the threshold and meet our criteria on this page:

http://rads.stackoverflow.com/ossads/all

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Will there be similar ones for the rest of the trilogy? Apps like pidgin could go to superuser and serverfault could get admin-oriented tools. –  alanc Dec 5 '09 at 3:49
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@Jeff. I think this is a wonderful scheme you have going here. The only thing is I find it frustrating to see the add and not have a explanation of what it is. I know you said this can be done via comments but it doesn't seem to be happening so far. –  Tim Murphy Dec 19 '09 at 11:25
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Can other sites run these ads? IE are they contributed beyond just stackoverflow? –  dlamblin Dec 19 '09 at 15:40
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Is it just me, or are the majority of the ads here not an ad for programmers, but for a product? –  Powerlord Dec 21 '09 at 19:31
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R. Bemrose, one assumes that programmers would want to try the product then contribute to it. So the rule is, the project must allow outside code contributions and somewhat actively solicit outside code contributions. –  Jeff Atwood Dec 21 '09 at 20:20
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It would be interesting to see a report comparing the effectiveness of the adds (how many people clicked on them) vs. how high they were voted. Are Meta user's effective add pickers or are they just oppinionated? –  Anonymous Jan 1 '10 at 19:24
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Just wondering: has the minimum score threshold been changed? Because there are two ads with 5 up votes that seem to meet the other criteria (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/31913/… and meta.stackexchange.com/questions/31913/…) but are not on rads.stackoverflow.com/ossads/all - or is some manual approval involved and it just takes some time? –  Fabian Steeg Feb 12 '10 at 18:03
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Rather than adds for Open Source Projects, I'd really appreciate a list of projects that need help with a quick summary of what needs to be done in each one--what they are hoping to accomplish with this additional manpower. If there is such a site, advertise that! –  user140390 Feb 18 '10 at 23:33
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Are dupes with different ad images acceptable? Doesn't exactly seem fair to load up multiple ads for a single project and drown out others. –  random Feb 21 '10 at 4:28

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Kohana needs Documentation!

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Huh... This image kinda sucks... –  Alix Axel Mar 4 '10 at 21:07
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@Pekka This is the new logo: v3.kohanaphp.com. Most things are still under development, like the official site. I am depending on that. Thanks for the comments. –  Ikke Apr 3 '10 at 13:38

CppCMS Needs Your Help

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@Tronic, as you can see the link redirects to the "how to contribute" to project page -- because, according to policy these ads are rather ads that ask to help the project rather the project itself. So you only need to go to main page -- cppcms.sourceforge.net/wikipp/en/page/main to see what is all about. –  Artyom Mar 26 '10 at 22:08
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The black text makes it a bit unreadable with that background. –  fretje Mar 29 '10 at 16:37
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@SamB Read this <cppcms.sourceforge.net/wikipp/en/page/rationale>; and this <cppcms.sourceforge.net/wikipp/en/page/faq>; before you say "Crazy"... –  Artyom May 1 '10 at 10:32
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Use black text with white border? –  Nicolás May 2 '10 at 22:53
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The dark, grey-blue sky is dreary and depressing. Based on this ad alone, I'm not excited about CppCMS. –  macek May 4 '10 at 18:39
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The extra time/energy/cost spent by debugging, bug reporting, yelling, smashing computers and getting new ones, visiting insane asylums, cleaning up after hackers smashing the stack, memory leaks etc, etc will certainly be more than whatever CO2 was saved by coding in C++... –  Longpoke May 16 '10 at 23:13
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@SamB as java, python or any other language - crash –  Artyom Jun 6 '10 at 17:55
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-1 Lets stop using C++ for everything because its insecure and old.(Its funny because i'm a C++ dev for a living) PHP's hiphop is an exception because your developing/debugging in a modern language. –  Rook Jun 8 '10 at 22:02

Perl (and Python!) Template Toolkit

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@macek: What do you want to know? Template Toolkit it arguably one of the most used opensource templating systems out there and used by some big companies. Its a grandaddy of the template systems and as influenced many others of the years. TT2 is currently available in Perl & Python. And there is a complete TT3 rewrite which could always do with a hand or two: github.com/abw/Template-TT3 –  draegtun May 6 '10 at 10:24
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Dang True! For what it does TT is one of the open source greats. TT docs should be required reading for anyone who works with or builds any kind of string templating system. –  dreftymac May 20 '10 at 16:04

N2 CMS

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I thought this was about contributing, not trying it out. –  dlamblin Dec 21 '09 at 6:53
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You'll probably want to try the product before before contributing. The checkins are very active, usually daily –  Chris S Dec 21 '09 at 11:09
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upvote to 5 because I'm feeling nice :p –  Charlie Somerville Jan 9 '10 at 13:47

NPOI for your Excel needs

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Can someone with graphic talent give this image some love? –  scunliffe Mar 5 '10 at 18:45
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I can't tell what NPOI does. –  Mauricio Scheffer Mar 11 '10 at 19:48
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@Mauricio - NPOI needs someone with graphic talent to give it some love! :) But in the meantime, NPOI is used to read/write Excel .xls files in Microsoft .NET Framework. –  Leniel Macaferi Mar 11 '10 at 23:48

bbsharp - a DOM parsing BBCode implementation written in C# - help us develop it!

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Looks clean and fresh. –  macek May 4 '10 at 18:47

Find Time For TimeFinder!

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Find Time For TimeFinder and join the Team! –  Karussell Mar 9 '10 at 21:00

Circumflex — lightweight Web framework and ORM for Scala

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the script text is barely legible. –  macek May 4 '10 at 18:46

The sky is the limit!

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Wing Beats is an internal little language (DSL) for creating XHTML. It is based on F# and includes an ASP.NET MVC view engine, but can also be used solely for it's capability of creating XHTML. –  Johan Jonasson May 20 '10 at 20:28

Kopal - Distributed Social Networking.

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I think this deserves a lot more attention. –  frgtn Mar 28 '10 at 15:53
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"Help us get better"? "Help us become better"? The poor grammar, it burns us. –  user145347 Mar 29 '10 at 16:15
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"I'm not a native English speaker and learning only by experiences. Also I'm still not convinced that help us getting better is incorrect grammatically. I might change my views and the ad picture if get more comments about it." - Author. –  Vikrant Chaudhary Apr 3 '10 at 10:22
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Yes, getting better is wrong.. –  User May 24 '10 at 13:36

ZNC: The best IRC bouncer, now available for Microsoft Windows!

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I like the sentiment and the project seems cool but the ad needs to be less.. obnoxious :p –  Jeff Atwood Dec 19 '09 at 9:58
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To bounce less? –  Ladybug Killer Dec 19 '09 at 14:08
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You can't use the Microsoft Windows logo, even if you do 'shop out the (R) mark. –  Anonymous Dec 19 '09 at 19:02
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also, why use the MS Windows logo, if doesnt even runs in windows out of the box! –  Fladur Jan 18 '10 at 1:59
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@Fladur ..because the linked-to project is about a Windows port? "[...] to bring the best IRC bouncer out there to Windows as well" –  dbr Jan 28 '10 at 18:06

Ruby on Rails

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* Until you try to upgrade from one point version to the next and find that one small thing has changed and your code no longer works –  SeanJA Mar 28 '10 at 2:01

A toolkit for building scalable, community-oriented web applications.

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For starters, that logo doesn't fulfill the size requirements. –  balpha Jan 30 '10 at 20:28
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If you have a better image, please say you do, post the URL in the comments and someone with enough rep will fix up. –  random Jan 31 '10 at 14:29
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This has to be one of the worst mascots ever but here is a better image: fisheye.openacs.org/browse/~raw,r=1.1/OpenACS/openacs.org-dev/… –  Alix Axel Feb 6 '10 at 3:29

JStock - Free Stock Market Software

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Tells me nothing! –  SamB Apr 28 '10 at 21:36

I, THE WHITE HOUSE USE DRUPAL; read more...

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Respectfully, you may wish to re-consider your approach if you are trying to make a more 'favorable' impression. How does this ad help to counteract the message of the previous ad? If anything, it seems to perfectly reinforce the point. Even if people can decipher your point about the White House, U.S. Government agencies are notorious for deploying sloppy, bloated, inelegant code that no one wants to acknowledge, let alone maintain. Ask anybody with knowledge on this subject. –  dreftymac Apr 12 '10 at 20:39
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The Ad requirements say: "It must be an advertisement soliciting the participation and contribution of programmers writing actual source code. This is not intended as a general purpose ad for consumer products which just happen to be open source." –  dreftymac Apr 13 '10 at 16:29
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Um, the ad means nothing to me... –  SamB Apr 28 '10 at 21:39
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VERTICAL text is very easy to read with my top and bottom eyes. –  macek May 4 '10 at 19:02

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