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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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Project Help Wanted @ SourceForge.net

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I'm tempted to downvote this everytime I have to put up with their atrocious site design. –  Agnel Kurian May 31 '10 at 6:08
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Moose is a postmodern object system for Perl 5 that takes the tedium out of writing object-oriented Perl. It borrows all the best features from Perl 6, CLOS (LISP), Smalltalk, Java, BETA, OCaml, Ruby and more, while still keeping true to its Perl 5 roots.

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I knew Perl was a psychedelic language. :) Looking very nice and I guess the colourfulness is in keeping with the slogan! –  Pëkka Feb 11 '10 at 21:36
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I'm guessing post(MO)dern (O)bject (S)yst(E)m –  John K Feb 17 '10 at 12:12
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MooRTE: Rich Text Editor Framework - IFrame Free WYSIWYG Editor

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Note: this ad is 220px × 229px. Needs to be 220x220 for the ad to actually be served. –  Portman Jan 26 '10 at 14:11
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People will not read all that text. Make a simple sexy graphical image with a simple message instead. –  Joe Polski Feb 27 '10 at 3:09
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@user141287 I dunno, it IS an ad for a text editor. I like that it's specific about what dev help it needs--most of the ads here are missing that. –  user145347 Mar 29 '10 at 0:52
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@SeanJA - correct - no iFrame. Very flexible. Hope to have some big updates soon. Specially if this ad pulls in anyone :). @dbr, I am assuming this ad will be served, coorect? –  SamGoody Mar 29 '10 at 7:16
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Tweetsharp - A .Net Fluent Interface for the Twitter API

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No! Twitter does not belong in everything!! –  rjh Mar 6 '10 at 16:56
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The elegant MVC framework for Perl

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Wrong dimensions. –  Alix Axel Feb 8 '10 at 21:02
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imgur.com/sG9kz.png This version should be correct, if someone want to switch them. –  Austin Kelley Way Feb 9 '10 at 2:00
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Pidgin - IM Client

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@Alix, I wouldn't. The other one was disallowed because it seemed a bit too much like an ad for the app, not an ad to encourage development for the app. –  perbert Feb 23 '10 at 15:58
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@Alix, sorry forgot about that one. May be let the community decide which one to be used? If Jeff doesn't like it, he will take care of it :) –  perbert Feb 23 '10 at 16:34
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OpenHatch: the open source involvement engine!

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aw, baby penguins! –  quoo May 7 '10 at 20:36
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Assaultcube Game Engine

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Real game engine code, relaxing social activity. –  Xeoncross Jan 22 '10 at 19:20
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this seems like an ad for a game, not a call for programmers to contribute –  Jeff Atwood Jan 22 '10 at 20:43
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They don't need more players, they need more people interested in working on the game engine. –  Xeoncross Jan 23 '10 at 18:32
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I know this says horrible things about me, but when this ad comes up in my peripheral vision, my eyes flick over to it and read "Fag Crossing" with a crosshair on a running person. I'm pretty sure that this isn't SUPPOSED to be making me think of homophobic rednecks but.... –  JUST MY correct OPINION Mar 17 '10 at 11:02
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@ttmrichter: agree completely. Anyone having looked into marketing knows that adverts are normally fast read, thus, are often misread the first time so you have to be really careful about what words you use. That, together with the use of nazi red and black colours only is an awful combo. Yeah it gets attention very well, but not the attention the project deserves... –  Alex Mar 23 '10 at 12:19
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@Alex Nazi red? You mean, a full red? I think you're overthinking things a little too much, I didn't look at it and think "OMG, that's a swastika". Agree on the text though. –  Matthew Scharley May 3 '10 at 21:35
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The R-Project for Statistical Computing

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more slogan options: R: Pirate for Statistics! // R: SAS Should Have Seen This Coming // R: All Your Stats R Belong To Us! // R: Because Every Time You Use SPSS IBM Kills A Kitten. –  JD Long Feb 19 '10 at 18:55
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This slogan is ridiculously good in a nonsensical matter. –  Esko Mar 21 '10 at 17:40
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This is a pretty well-known R slogan. Because R is derived from the S language and is one letter over. If you shift IBM by one letter you get HAL, the name of the 2001 AI computer. Of course R is probably also derived from the fact that the two creators' first names both start with "R". –  Shane Mar 31 '10 at 23:14
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CKEditor - The Text Editor for the Internet

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Glad they decided to drop the F... –  SeanJA Mar 28 '10 at 1:54
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OpenDS: LDAP services made easy

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Why "mn" instead of "minutes"? There's plenty of space. –  Joel Coehoorn Dec 19 '09 at 2:08
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Installs and runs in less than 3 Minnesotas? –  random Dec 19 '09 at 3:50
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Don't just about any servers install in under 3 minutes now? It's the configuration and customization to your application that takes all the time. –  dlamblin Dec 19 '09 at 15:46
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@dlamblin You've clearly never installed Microsoft SQL Server :) –  U62 Jan 15 '10 at 13:40
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That image has some nasty compression artefacts. Regenerate it as a gif/png? –  therefromhere Feb 2 '10 at 13:06
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editorial: disallowed -- this is not an ad for programmers, but for a product.

IM all your friends in one place

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is this really a "developer" thing though? Seems more like an ad for the client software than the fact that it's OSS you can hack on.. –  Jeff Atwood Dec 5 '09 at 0:45
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Damn! I just read "Create a graphical ad for an open source project" and didn't see that you said it was going to be on StackOverflow only. I was just so excited to make a Pidgin ad! I guess you could use it to chat with your dev team! –  Jared Harley Dec 5 '09 at 0:57
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Open, extensible, and neutral automation platform for .NET testing tools.

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Looks like a toilet. –  random Feb 17 '10 at 8:04
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The Gallio Automation Platform is an open, extensible, and neutral system for .NET that provides a common object model, runtime services and tools (such as test runners) that may be leveraged by any number of test frameworks (MbUnit versions 2 and 3, MSTest, NBehave, NUnit, xUnit.Net, csUnit, and RSpec). Gallio provides tool support and integration with AutoCAD, CCNet, MSBuild, NAnt, NCover, Pex, Powershell, Resharper, TestDriven.Net, TypeMock, and Visual Studio Team System. –  Yann Trevin Feb 19 '10 at 14:58
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Really looks like a toilet. Also the "column" is improperly drawn - its upper base is not parallel to the upper base - the ellips of the upper base is too compressed. –  sharptooth Mar 3 '10 at 11:14
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Watir, automated testing that doesn’t hurt. Looking for developers.

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+1, but a description (or at least a name) would be useful. Otherwise everyone is gonna get curious and click it (good tactic btw). –  Alix Axel Feb 6 '10 at 3:25
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Added tool tip. Took a look how Rails did it. –  Željko Filipin Feb 6 '10 at 22:15
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-1 because it doesn't say anything –  Tronic Mar 9 '10 at 13:09
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Tooltips are done with title="", not alt="". –  Christopher Parker Apr 15 '10 at 18:43
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My response on seeing that ad is "What is this ad for?" This is not what you want in an ad where you're looking for people. Maybe I'm just too old and jaded, but when I see obvious "faux mystery" ads I pass them over without a second glance because I hate the gimmickry. –  JUST MY correct OPINION May 17 '10 at 5:14
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editorial: disallowed -- while the joke is funny, not enough people would be "in" on it to understand why we have scantily-clad ladies in advertisements on the site.

Write and compile jQuery in C#

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I hate Evony, but your take on their advertising is genius! :D –  Michael Stum Dec 5 '09 at 0:36
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@Chris: Sorry, meant to click the up-arrow, but i got... distracted. –  Shog9 Dec 5 '09 at 0:49
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it is funny but a) it's hard to read and b) for those not in on the joke it's just an ad with cleavage which they'll probably email us to complain about. So -1 from me –  Jeff Atwood Dec 5 '09 at 0:57
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I love the ad, but I don't like the project... what to do.... –  Hogan Dec 5 '09 at 3:59
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@Chris: I could have lived my whole life and not seen the moob pic. Thank you for scarring me. (Also, those Evony ads have actually gotten worse: contexts.org/socimages/2009/07/14/…) –  John Rudy Dec 5 '09 at 17:30
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I like the joke, but wouldn't actually want the ad served on the SO. –  Joel Coehoorn Dec 8 '09 at 23:26
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Programmer's Notepad - Help Wanted

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Yeah, it's the best of, well, this last page anyway ;-) –  SamB Apr 28 '10 at 21:45
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It's now off the last page :) Let's keep pushing it up. I don't want to be the only one to discover this in spite of the people spewing Notepad++ everywhere... –  that one guy May 25 '10 at 1:38
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Hack, Make your own language, Become a Racketeer!

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Great way to generate buzz, ambiguous add that points to a "coming soon" website. Not very informative but appealing to the sense of curiosity. –  dreftymac May 25 '10 at 19:49
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XAMPP - Apache, FTP, MySQL, PHP and Perl for Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris

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Is that a penis? –  P Daddy Feb 22 '10 at 12:34
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And following the link, the girl on the page has a look on her face that says she's rather disappointed that it's bent. –  P Daddy Feb 22 '10 at 15:48
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Lol, xampp. Real gurus install apache themselves. DIE! (not enough rep to downvote, unfortunately) –  Flavius A Feb 28 '10 at 21:15
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This is the easy to swallow pill that allows people to get hooked on a WAMP stack. Plus it can be run off a USB stick. –  QueueHammer Mar 1 '10 at 20:30
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This is also the way allowing people not to learn anything about the environment they are, actually, programming. Why are there so many crappy PHP programmers? Go figure. –  Flavius A Mar 22 '10 at 5:29
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The apache setup you have running behind the scene has nothing to do with the quality of your code... note the drupal ad –  SeanJA Mar 28 '10 at 1:58
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You have a point @Flavius but if you expect everyone who wants to learn build web applications to learn how to set up Apache first, they'll be bored to death before even writing the first line of code. XAMPP is great. –  Pëkka Mar 30 '10 at 19:42
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why is there a big giant wang on stackoverflow? BTW, I love XAMPP, hate the logo though –  Allen Apr 9 '10 at 13:56
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Help to improve WYMeditor

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absolutely love WymEditor but the ad could be way catchier :) –  ChrisR Apr 12 '10 at 14:01
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I understand you're a coder and you want to attract coders but the use of code in the ads is getting a little over-done. It's a <p> tag for crying out-loud... –  macek May 4 '10 at 18:44
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