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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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lol this question is already serving it's purpose. I'm curious about some of these projects I've never heard of before. – Doug T. Dec 5 '09 at 2:58
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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
    
Should the ads indicate what kind of help the project is looking for? Are ads for open-source programmer tools acceptable? – Don Kirkby Dec 19 '09 at 7:25
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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
    
+1 for @dlamblin You could easily provide listings for other websites. – chakrit Dec 19 '09 at 20:55
    
Quibble on the format, but is it just Safari, Chrome and Firefox or does the "Tagline to show on mouseover" not show? – dlamblin Dec 21 '09 at 6:59
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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
    
@dlamblin: If you open up a new question called something like "running open source ads on 3rd party websites" we can start to flesh out how that would work. The initial problem is that the ad size on StackOverflow (220x250) is not an IAB standard and few websites (if any) will be able to use this size. But start the topic and let's try to figure out how to make it work. – Portman Dec 22 '09 at 21:13
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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
    
The ad I appreciated the most was the JQuerySharp. I think there's only one thing more motivating to a geek than to be addressed as "My Lord." – Carl Smotricz Jan 8 '10 at 15:02
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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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The elegant MVC framework

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did you go to the "accounts" tab and associate your accounts? the system tells you to do this when you create a new account.. it also helps to use a stable openid (eg not google gmail) that works across domains. – Jeff Atwood Feb 9 '10 at 1:10
    
Thanks for the help Jeff. Also, one quick question, what is the problem with using a Google openid? – Austin Kelley Way Feb 9 '10 at 1:58
    
Google OpenID creates a per-domain hash, which makes it a bit difficult for them to line up accounts across the sites. @aus – random Feb 9 '10 at 12:07
    
"fixxit" --> "fix it" – user145347 Mar 29 '10 at 0:53
    
@mllerustad: it's intentional... – Nicolás May 2 '10 at 22:56

Project Help Wanted @ SourceForge.net

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source forge blocks some countries .. not so "open" – hasen Feb 28 '10 at 22:31
    
@hasen j: Never heard of that before. – Alix Axel Mar 1 '10 at 7:41
    
@hasen j, @Alix: Not really their choice. Stupid US export laws... – SamB Apr 28 '10 at 22:36
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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

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
    
nice graphics, but I'm sure the background painting is copyrighted (and on exhibit at the Hirhhorn, but I forget the artist's name) – msw May 6 '10 at 0:31

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
    
Resized ad to 220x220 (moved text up a bit to accommodate) – dbr Jan 28 '10 at 18:03
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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
    
No iFrame you say? – SeanJA Mar 28 '10 at 2:21
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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
    
@samgoody: It seems likely (he says after following the "like" link under the ad) – SamB Apr 11 '10 at 20:27
    
You should disable inline spell checking for that screenshot. – Nicolás May 2 '10 at 22:58
    
@Nicolas: inline spell checking adds another level of realness - I love it. – John K May 8 '10 at 4:40
    
@JohnK: It might be better if JavaScript was spelled correctly, though -- Chrome, at least, believes it should have a capital S. – SamB Feb 12 '12 at 23:41

Tweetsharp - A .Net Fluent Interface for the Twitter API

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Good library..I used it with a mapping app I built. donnyvblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/tweetgis.html – Donny V. Jan 19 '10 at 19:02
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No! Twitter does not belong in everything!! – rjh Mar 6 '10 at 16:56

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
    
@Austin Kelley Way: Just did. – Alix Axel Feb 12 '10 at 17:56
    
What's the programming language for that? I spend about 10 clicks on that link and I never was able to figure out! – OscarRyz Feb 17 '10 at 19:19
    
@Oscar: Since CPAN is mentioned on the front page, I guess it's Perl. – balpha Feb 20 '10 at 12:30
    
Yup Perl should be mentioned :/ But you see they are referring to mod_perl – the_drow Mar 25 '10 at 18:27

Pidgin - IM Client

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Another one for Pidgin? – Wayne Koorts Feb 23 '10 at 8:11
    
@Wayne Koorts: Sorry, I've only noticed the disallowed ad. Should I delete this? – Alix Axel Feb 23 '10 at 15:39
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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
    
@voyager: Yeah, but it seems that a valid ad for Pidgin was already posted: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/31913/… – Alix Axel Feb 23 '10 at 16:06
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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
    
Obviously, it looks like an ad for the app. However, since it is a great one, it should be encouraged. – Riduidel Mar 11 '10 at 9:59

OpenHatch: the open source involvement engine!

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aw, baby penguins! – quoo May 7 '10 at 20:36
    
The poor site itself needs help. returns 500 at the time of writing – Midhat Jun 5 '10 at 20:17

Perl Application Development and Refactoring Environment

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Maybe there should be a call for action on the logo. What about this one? "Hack your editor in your mother tongue." – szabgab Apr 11 '10 at 8:01
    
That only works if you learned perl on your mother's knee... – SamB Apr 28 '10 at 22:35
    
It is beautiful, but some other softwares use the same blue butterfly (I think it is very rich now :) ). Use another animal that when people think about will remember of your product. I think more text is necessary, but at right-bottom corner with the smallest readable font. – kokbira Jul 17 '10 at 2:45

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
    
+1 Agree totally with Xeoncross! – Nathan Campos Jan 31 '10 at 20:51
    
When I first saw this I was wondering why a game would advertise on SO.. didn't look programming to me at all – Earlz Mar 4 '10 at 15:32
    
their website is awful – zpesk Mar 11 '10 at 6:07
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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
    
Not obvious at all what it's for... – SamB Apr 28 '10 at 22:36
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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

Media Browser

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Feedback and ideas to improve this are more than welcome. – waffles Dec 5 '09 at 1:18
    
why not modify one of the "fan icons" on your web site and turn it into an ad? They look great. – Pëkka Feb 11 '10 at 20:46
    
I took the liberty of making two suggestions based on your artowrk on the site. Feel free to use it if you like. pekkagaiser.com/stuff/mediabrowser1.png pekkagaiser.com/stuff/mediabrowser2.png – Pëkka Feb 11 '10 at 21:32
    
@Pekka! You rule! I updated the Ad! Thanks heaps – waffles Feb 12 '10 at 1:20

Help build KDE

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Favorized this over the other, because here the blue KDE logo is better distinguishable. – Boldewyn Apr 15 '10 at 12:57
    
@Boldewyn: the only thing that I'm not completely happy with on this one is the Black text with a shadow, which on the other one seemed nicer. Any advice welcomed. – perbert Apr 15 '10 at 14:44
    
Is this ad about contributing to KDE (that sounds way too broad) or contributing to the documentation hosted on Techbase? :/ – Nicolás May 2 '10 at 22:51
    
ImageShack seems to have deleted your image and replaced it with an ad of their own. If you can reupload it, please do so; otherwise please consider deleting this answer. – Ilmari Karonen Aug 25 '15 at 13:03

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
    
Those are great! I'll post those later, or feel free to do it yourself... – Shane Feb 19 '10 at 19:00
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This slogan is ridiculously good in a nonsensical matter. – Esko Mar 21 '10 at 17:40
    
Also, Stats'R'Us? – 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

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
    
Is this a call for developers though? – Pëkka Apr 3 '10 at 15:02
    
@Pekka: Not a very clear one! – SamB Apr 28 '10 at 22:21
    
This is very nice, but too un-actionable. Should I contribute to it? Should I download it? Is it even free? (I know the answers, but they are not obvious from the ad as seen on the site). – Andrey Shchekin May 27 '10 at 17:34

WPF Reports: Simple Open Source Reports for your XAML

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Simple and beautiful, ad & project +MaxHeight – Shimmy Jan 10 '10 at 3:55
    
+1 for the project. A bit of colour scale on the grey background would be nice – DrDro Feb 15 '10 at 10:48

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
    
@therefromhere: Yeah, besides JPEGs are not allowed as ad images. – Alix Axel Feb 22 '10 at 3:15
    
@random - yes, I tested it scientifically. I started the install and began with one Minnesota .. two Minessotas ... it was done by the time I got to three. I spoke very, very slowly. – Tim Post Apr 13 '10 at 4:54
    
@Tim: the traditional state for that is Mississippi – SamB Apr 28 '10 at 22:20
    
@SamB - I know, I was being sardonic. – Tim Post Apr 29 '10 at 6:44

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
    
I would really love to see a Pidgin add for developers, could this be fixed? – C. Ross Dec 5 '09 at 15:19

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
    
Needs fewer but sexier looking words. – Joe Polski Feb 27 '10 at 3:15
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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

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
    
I have provided this text with the image: Watir, automated testing that doesn’t hurt. Looking for developers. I thought it will display as tool tip. Not sure what went wrong. :) – Željko Filipin Feb 6 '10 at 22:12
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Added tool tip. Took a look how Rails did it. – Željko Filipin Feb 6 '10 at 22:15
    
Thanks to everybody that voted up, and to those that tried. :) – Željko Filipin Feb 8 '10 at 16:34
    
Added (really) the tool tip. =) – Alix Axel Feb 21 '10 at 2:54
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-1 because it doesn't say anything – Tronic Mar 9 '10 at 13:09
    
There is tool tip text. – Željko Filipin Mar 10 '10 at 21:55
    
a) I see no tooltip here. b) It should state what it's for without requiring the user to mouseover and wait for a tooltip to appear. – Dave Sherohman Apr 11 '10 at 12:05
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Tooltips are done with title="", not alt="". – Christopher Parker Apr 15 '10 at 18:43
    
Yeah, doesn't everybody know that tooltips are only for the extra bonus punchline? – SamB Apr 28 '10 at 22:17
    
Artwork is boring and drab. – macek May 4 '10 at 18:35
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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

RabbitVCS - Git on board

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RabbitVCS used to be known as NautilusSVN. It's basically a clone of TortoiseSVN for the GNOME desktop. It comprises a set of extensions for Subversion workflow in Nautilus, GEdit and Thunar. We're also working on getting the Git side of things up and running. It's written in Python (PyGTK for the UI). – detly May 23 '10 at 11:09
    
+1 I hope this gets more votes! – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN May 30 '10 at 3:27
    
Me too! We're a two person team at the moment, so we'd welcome any and all help :) – detly May 30 '10 at 16:16
    
I just gave this the 6th vote to get it served. Nice clean ad :) – macek Jun 9 '10 at 14:57
    
Woo! Thanks guys :) – detly Jun 10 '10 at 1:52

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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2 downvotes, how could anyone dislike Evony?! – Chris S Dec 5 '09 at 0:31
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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
    
I can see how you couldn't realistically be able to show it. I'll attempt a none-lawsuit version. The font is way too small I agree – Chris S Dec 5 '09 at 1:02
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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
    
jeff already pimped evony on his blog, so you can't pimp it here either :p – Darren Kopp Dec 5 '09 at 4:47
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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

Programmer's Notepad - Help Wanted

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Yeah, I suck at making adverts, but I'm not bad at writing text editors :) – Simon Steele Mar 31 '10 at 21:39
    
Very sexy ad IMO, +1 from me. =) – Alix Axel Apr 17 '10 at 18:45
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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

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
    
I should have explained that "coming soon" thing -- our project is a language that is currently called "PLT Scheme" (plt-scheme.org) and we have been working for two months on renaming it to "Racket". This moves includes a new domain name which is what this should point to -- but since we're not done with the new release we don't have the content up yet. We're now busy with the new release, so the content will be there very soon, within 1-2 weeks at most. (And coming up with a new language means that we're eager for contributions hence the ad idea...) – Eli Barzilay May 26 '10 at 1:03
    
Upvoted for my favorite pl,but I can't believe this is actually happening! – kunj2aaan May 27 '10 at 3:16
    
kunjaan: Sure it is... It's just around the corner now! – Eli Barzilay May 27 '10 at 3:44

LiquiBase-Database Version Control

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This is just a bit too cluttered and hard to read, is there another version without the schema in the background? – rjzii Feb 5 '10 at 15:50
    
Removed the schema. Does that seem less better? – Nathan Voxland Feb 7 '10 at 19:34
    
"less better"?! – Alix Axel Feb 21 '10 at 2:57
    
Leaking oil is a bad thing right now... – macek Jun 9 '10 at 14:58

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
    
@Flavius A: I've installed Apache et all many times before but XAMPP makes it not so boring. They have over half a million downloads per month, must mean something. – Alix Axel Mar 1 '10 at 7:40
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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
    
XAMPP is great, logo is better suited for a lower resolution I suspect. I saw exactly what everyone else sees. – Nathan Taylor Apr 16 '10 at 21:22
    
You people need to stop watching so much porn! The logo resembles a bone or a rounded "X" way better than a half hard, half flaccid penis. – Alix Axel Apr 17 '10 at 18:41
    
I thought it was a dog... – Skilldrick Apr 22 '10 at 13:18
    
@Skilldrick: I bet you're into zoophilia then... xP I see a woman with big (kinda squared) breasts and with her legs wide open. – Alix Axel Apr 23 '10 at 16:46
    
I understand it's supposed to be a creative X but it just looks like a blob instead. – macek May 4 '10 at 18:41
    
@Alix Axel: Don't blame us for watching too much porn when you're the one posting phallic symbols! – John K May 6 '10 at 23:54

Help to improve WYMeditor

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FYI, it's a semantic text editor. Yes, the ad needs more information, and a catch phrase, like: "help make the content on the web sanely structured", or something like that, but more catchy. – hasen Mar 13 '10 at 3:03
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absolutely love WymEditor but the ad could be way catchier :) – ChrisR Apr 12 '10 at 14:01
    
Maybe spell out WYSIWYM, with the WYM emphasized? or at least the M? – SamB Apr 28 '10 at 21:47
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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

Kohana needs Documentation!

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Huh... This image kinda sucks... – Alix Axel Mar 4 '10 at 21:07
    
Too bad, I did my best. – Ikke Mar 5 '10 at 9:15
    
looks good to me – Mauricio Scheffer Mar 11 '10 at 3:47
    
I wish I knew where to start with contributing, this would be a project I'd like to offer my programming time. – alex Apr 1 '10 at 8:05
    
I like Kohana very much, so some constructive criticism. While the logo looks nice in itself, it looks nothing like the Kohana logo on the home page (www.kohanaphp.com, we are talking about the same project right?). There's 0% recognition effect this way. Then, it would be really nice to be led to a page that explains what the matter is: Why Kohana needs people to document it, where the project is at in terms of versions etc., what is already there, and a step-by-step guide on how to get started. In its current state, I don't think it's attracting too many developers. – Pëkka Apr 2 '10 at 18:20
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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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I am highly interested on the topic, but the website really needs some work. Why does it highlight the coding style of the project, but does not tell anything about the project itself? The ad at least shows a little code fragment. Make the front page catch the user's attention, make him interested, make him desire to use the product and have him take the action of actually downloading and trying it out (marketing 101). – Tronic Mar 26 '10 at 18:49
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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
    
What color would you suggest for text? – Artyom Mar 30 '10 at 8:26
    
White in this case, I'd say. – Pëkka Mar 30 '10 at 19:40
    
I've tried but white looks even less readable over blue sky. – Artyom Mar 30 '10 at 19:55
    
White or black, also make it bolder. Too thin to read well on my laptop. – John K Apr 8 '10 at 3:35
    
This whole concept is just crazy. Web app? C++? What the heck? – SamB Apr 28 '10 at 22:16
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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
    
@Nicolás why not white text with black border? more distinctive with bright bg – Max Gontar May 25 '10 at 7:53
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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

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