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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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jQuery Timeago: your server output cache will thank you

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Looks like an interesting project, but I object to the "one line of jQuery" part. It's meaningless - anything can be "one line" if you're just calling another function... –  DisgruntledGoat Dec 19 '09 at 19:58
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Shouldn't "Try it!" be more like "Help us write it!"? As-is, seems to be advertising the product rather than soliciting development as an open project. Though it appears this is a common issue (but "try it" overemphasizes it, perhaps?), isn't the request for ads "soliciting the participation and contribution"? Have I misunderstood? –  Gnome Jan 7 '10 at 23:53
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Ryan: that argument doesn't seem to work for some ads: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/31913/… I like the concept of timeago and I'm glad to have found out about it through this Q, just trying to improve the ad. –  Gnome Jan 8 '10 at 14:40
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@DisgruntledGoat - no, one line is still important when you're asking someone to implement your code. One added line is tremendously easier to ask for as compared to 10 lines involving configuration and conditional calls. –  jsoverson Feb 15 '10 at 10:53
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@jsoverson: I see what you're getting at, but like I said, you can make any code "one line", whether it's one function of a whole lotta config. Practically all jQuery plugins are one line anyway, plus you also need to include jQuery and the plugin code and some document.ready code, so it's far from your definition of "one line" anyway. –  DisgruntledGoat Apr 7 '10 at 15:46

RestSharp: .NET REST Client

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beautiful sign }# - rest sharp! –  Shimmy Jan 10 '10 at 3:52
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I figured anyone who could recognize a rest symbol would also recognize the sharp.... –  Jimmy Feb 5 '10 at 0:00
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"Fork it" / "Fork me" was stupid to begin with and now it's just getting really old. –  macek May 4 '10 at 19:04

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

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

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

How do you implement full-text search for that 10+ million row table, keep up with the load, and stay relevant? Sphinx is good at those kinds of riddles.

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PS - the art is a legit purchase from iStockphoto and legal to use in a digital advertisement. –  casey Dec 5 '09 at 1:11
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Can't vote this one up because I'm too new on meta :( –  Julien Tartarin Dec 19 '09 at 17:50
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very professional, but it doesn't actually show a sphinx. silhouettes of egyptian gods aren't really the same thing. –  quack quixote Feb 7 '10 at 20:40

jQuery

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I love jQuery as much as the next guy, probably more (I'm wearing a jQuery t-shirt right now and I made a project based on jQuery that I've posted in this thread). That said, do they really need the promotion?? Those guys are doing fine. –  Runscope API Tools Dec 5 '09 at 5:38
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I'm not sure making jQuery extensions is more fun than working (unless you're a Barista) –  Chris S Dec 5 '09 at 14:26
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@Chris: I see you're trying to make coffee for an ungrateful rich yuppie. You should totally drop that and try JQuery instead. –  John Rudy Dec 24 '09 at 4:31
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Yaay, subshells! –  nailer Dec 30 '09 at 12:38
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When I first saw the ad, I thought it was about Prototype. $() isn't specific to jQuery, so you might want to mention jQuery somewhere in the ad. –  Charlie Somerville Jan 9 '10 at 13:32
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@cruachan No, no, no, no, no it's a done deal. jQuery's won by a long shot. When Microsoft tells you that they want to include your open source Javascript framework with the next release of their IDE, it's a done deal buddy. Please believe. –  user130648 Jan 19 '10 at 20:45
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Mootools didn't want to allow (read: put up with) new users in, and jQuery did. Done deal for people like me. –  Xeoncross Jan 27 '10 at 20:05
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@Charlie Somerville: To me the jQuery docs are way better... For the record I was a big prototype fan before I ever heard about jQuery, and it took only about 2 weeks before I was a convert. jQuery is, in my opinion, better in just about every way when it comes to writing webapps. I also currently develop on WebOS, which uses prototype, so I still use both frameworks a lot. Prototype has some nice features that jQuery doesn't, it's just that the core stuff that you use over and over is much more clumsy. That said, I don't think jQuery needs these advertisements :) –  TM. May 4 '10 at 16:47

Synergy+. Connecting Computers.

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+1 synergy is great. To quote a co-worker regarding his ability to control four computers in his home, "Now I never have to leave my bed!" –  ベレアー アダム Dec 5 '09 at 12:55
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Yeah, it's amazing. I use it every day. Don't know what I would do without it! It's not in a great shape at the moment though and could really use some work, especially with the recent OS releases we have had. –  JonB Dec 5 '09 at 13:37
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I find the thing really stable. I use it everyday on all 3 platforms. Although it there are still a lot of bad edge cases to iron out. –  chakrit Dec 19 '09 at 20:47
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I <3 synergy! I thought it was a dead project though, so this is awesome! –  James Dec 20 '09 at 21:19
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I had no idea this even existed, thanks a lot! –  William Jan 16 '10 at 22:14
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Ohh haw many times have i bumped my mouse against the edge of the screen and stumbled back again... but I want the mouse on THAT computer... and why can't i click on my coffee mug! –  Arthur Ulfeldt Feb 5 '10 at 20:06
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oh please, I'd upvote this five times if I could. –  Nicolás May 2 '10 at 23:02

SSH on Windows

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I think this doubles as an ad for figlet too. –  Tom Ritter Dec 5 '09 at 15:19
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I think you need to make it a bit more contrasty, love the ad and love putty –  waffles Dec 6 '09 at 0:38
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I don't want to steal your idea, but here's my screencap with ANSI color added: img268.imageshack.us/img268/7831/puttyad.png –  ベレアー アダム Dec 9 '09 at 0:11
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This is one of the projects for which I would have used an actual size capture of the upper left just after login. It's recognizable without the ascii art. I didn't know they actually needed developers though, which is what the advertising is about... so mission accomplished. –  dlamblin Dec 19 '09 at 15:37
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Hard to read image. –  Donny V. Jan 19 '10 at 18:59

I like to move it move it

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I'm a crappy graphic designer, I encourage others to make ads for putty and winscp. Shop my images if you wish. –  Tom Ritter Dec 5 '09 at 15:33
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Product ad, not a call for developers. –  Ryan Graham Jan 29 '10 at 3:48

See...there are some practical applications of genetic algorithms after all.

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Apologies for the Northern Hemisphere bias. –  Dan Dyer Dec 8 '09 at 22:52
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+1 for the rip on ID. And for it being a great add. And cool product. Wait that's +3! –  Portman Dec 9 '09 at 15:00
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@Portman: I didn't see it as a rip on ID; it sounds more like "Even evolutionary algorithms need to be designed." (Even though I've read uncommons.org before and I know it was likely meant as a rip.) –  mmyers Dec 21 '09 at 22:03
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To be honest, I don't care about the Intelligent Design debate. Evolutionary algorithms work whether you believe in evolution in nature or not. One of the distinctive features of Watchmaker compared to other Java programs is its design. Specifically the way it uses generics and does not require the evolved type to be coupled to any framework classes or interfaces. On occasion I have used the term "intelligent design" to get this point across, playing on the double meaning of the term in this context. –  Dan Dyer Dec 21 '09 at 23:15

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

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

Firebird RDBMS - Simple, Powerful, Scalable, Fast - Join us

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Big thanks to Carlos Cantu for the banner design. –  Douglas Tosi Dec 20 '09 at 12:17
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While there might be FB users on SO, I don't see a good way to tell them to come to meta. –  Milan Babuškov Dec 21 '09 at 15:08

Django: the web framework for perfectionists with deadlines

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This ad is 250x250 instead of 220x220, which is why it is not showing up. –  Portman Dec 20 '09 at 14:05
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What, no magic pony? –  Seth Jan 7 '10 at 19:02
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It should say: "Rails, without the Ruby... Or the suck". –  orokusaki Feb 1 '10 at 15:50
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Awful lot of space left over on the bottom... Instead of the detailed description (the tagline already tells us what django is), I'd add a call to action. 'Come help make the Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines even better!' Maybe a description of who you're looking for (Python devs?). At the very least, capitalize 'high-level'. The inconsistency will drive me nuts. –  user145347 Mar 29 '10 at 0:49

Legendary hackers hack on Emacs

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I know, explaining jokes should be unnecessary, but for those who don't get it: xkcd.com/378 –  Michael Stum Dec 20 '09 at 21:54
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Also: scratch (the buffer name) is a pun on scratching your own itches. And '(Lisp)' (the major mode), is in parens, ahem... And 'legendary': you have to assign copyright to the FSF to have your code accepted into Emacs, so you end up on the Roll Call of Honour: a Legend. Or something... –  Anonymous Jan 1 '10 at 19:17
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btw, what window manager is that from? –  mlvljr Apr 2 '10 at 8:41
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@mlvljr: do you want to know the window manager, or the theme?-) –  tzot Apr 22 '10 at 16:33

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

Life's basic utilities. You depend on them, they depend on you

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It is a pun on anyone who sees a message with 'fsck' in it in general, because at that moment you're fsck'd. I had originally thought fsck on Linux was part of a general utilities package, and that's what I was advertising, but actually it is it's own package: e2fsprogs. Oh well, I think people still get the idea, and it is moderately amusing... –  Anonymous Jan 1 '10 at 19:14
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got the fancy fcuk and other fashion references, but the poor homme in a domain dominated by males, that seems a bit much, if not sexist...and it could not even be intentional. like the discreet poor/pour thing though. –  George Profenza May 21 '10 at 22:05

Sugar interface for OLPC

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This is a FANTASTIC cause, but that picture needs work –  waffles Dec 20 '09 at 22:46
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This is a FANTASTIC picture. –  delete Dec 24 '09 at 11:40
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The photo is great, it's the rest of the ad (the whole image/'picture') that's the problem. The text isn't clear enough, especially the "OLPC" which is kind of the whole point. Also I'm not sure about the green borders etc. –  rjmunro Jan 1 '10 at 13:43
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You need a pic of a kid who doesn't look like he's on drugz. This is the most unappealing pic on the whole page. –  Carl Smotricz Jan 9 '10 at 22:24
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Ad needs work, but it's definitely a worthy cause, so still gets my vote –  Sam Murray-Sutton Jan 15 '10 at 9:39
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Also, the link between the ad and the destination isn't totally clear - I expected to see something about education in africa, OLPC or whatever - you at least need the logo for the destination site on the banner. –  Sam Murray-Sutton Jan 15 '10 at 9:46

Of course you'll run NetBSD

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I think "How can I help" is all that is needed here.. the tiny text should be axed, and the flag and "how can I help" made larger –  Jeff Atwood Dec 21 '09 at 7:01

Pygame - Python Game Library

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+1 love the control at the snake's mouth –  nosklo Mar 29 '10 at 3:26

Kernel Newbies: gotta start somewhere

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He looks like a shinier Alan Moore. –  random Dec 24 '09 at 2:54
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Is Alan's face the best way to promote kernel hacking? –  perbert Dec 26 '09 at 4:58
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Yeah, this isn't ideal. I was originally going to have it say "Newbies Wanted" but that seemed to much like taking the piss, where as I just wanted to poke gentle fun. It was then going to be a playing card: Kernel Hacker Cards, collect them all, but I didn't like the suite emblems in each corner. I guess I removed too much and it's now just a man with a beard. Oh well, maybe some one else will be inspired to try harder. –  Anonymous Jan 1 '10 at 19:21
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This guy is like a god to me! –  Nathan Campos Jan 13 '10 at 16:47
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if the Evony clone is disallowed, this should be disallowed as well! –  Marek Jan 15 '10 at 8:32
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Did anyone else have a "Shining" moment when this popped up in SO? Heeere's Johnny! imdb.com/title/tt0081505/quotes, imdb.com/media/rm3631716352/tt0081505 –  tvanfosson Jan 16 '10 at 17:10
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I agree with the Shining quote. I didn't click on it until i read these comments because and was still fuzzy on what this was actually for. This add and dancing baby mortgage adjustment ads may have high click though but they are more smoke than genuine interest. The project is cool, it deserves a better ad. –  QueueHammer Feb 12 '10 at 15:38
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This ad is so conspicious that I just had to click on it! And then I checked the text below the ad and it lead me to this page and learn to know about the OS ads. So it must be good. –  frunsi Feb 15 '10 at 0:29
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For some reason this looks more like "Alan Cox - R.I.P." to me. –  Georg Fritzsche Feb 26 '10 at 2:00
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This is probably the most effective image in terms of getting clickthroughs. I know I've clicked it before, just because Alan Cox's face is so damn alluring. –  rjh Mar 6 '10 at 16:56
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It's a fan boy poster in a man crush sort of way. Unnerving at best. My mind keeps asking: upon clicking, will this picture invite me to the gates of kernel hacking or the gates of Hades? –  John K May 7 '10 at 13:01

Help people communicate with Pidgin!

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Great product, but the ad would be better layed out if the pidgeon was on the right looking left. A user looking at the page will see the pidgeon first, follow the pidgeon's eyes, see your tagline (this is good) and then see the edge of the page (this is not so good). This only happens because the advert is placed on the right of the page. The whole page and your advert would feel more ballanced if the user's eye went from pidgeon, to tagline, to the rest of the page. –  Richard Jan 14 '10 at 11:41
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@Jader Dias Well, to be technical Pidgin is based on the LibPurple library for chat communication, but I thought it'd be harder to make an add for the library. –  C. Ross Jan 18 '10 at 16:28
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...is...that... is that a Goodfeather?? –  quack quixote Apr 20 '10 at 9:08

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

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

The world's most advanced open source database.

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+1, love the "JOIN us" statement. –  Alix Axel Feb 2 '10 at 13:53

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