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Open Source Advertising - Sidebar - 1H 2011

It's time once again to support your favorite open source project through our Free Vote-Based Advertising for Open Source Projects. We are clearing the leader boards to start the second half of 2010 anew.

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 Stack Overflow.

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, bug fixes, etc).

Your ad should be an original creation which has not previously appeared on Stack Overflow. Please do not resubmit entries that have appeared as ads on Stack Overflow in previous periods.

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 file size 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

Ad Scroller

(by George Edison): I created a nifty little tool you can use to view the ads that have met the criterion already:

StackAd Scroller

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marked as duplicate by Rebecca Chernoff Jan 14 '11 at 19:47

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

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Please Note: Entries that have appeared as ads in previous periods are not eligible; however, previous entries that did not meet the minimum score threshold can be resubmitted. –  Robert Cartaino Jun 11 '10 at 15:51
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@Oscar Reyes: Possibly. Also covers cases where submissions were received later in the cycle. –  Robert Cartaino Jun 11 '10 at 17:08
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If I do a new ad for a project that appeared before, does that work? –  Runscope API Tools Jun 11 '10 at 17:14
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@John Sheehan: Absolutely. We're looking for fresh content. We don't want a do-over of the ads from the last round. –  Robert Cartaino Jun 11 '10 at 17:31
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As I have no reputation at all here currently, would anyone be willing to post an answer for the I2P Project(geti2p.net) with the community wiki option enabled? –  welterde Jun 16 '10 at 22:20

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The R-Project for Statistical Computing

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I'm confused... doesn't this violate the rule "Entries that have appeared as ads in previous periods are not eligible"? –  Senseful Jun 12 '10 at 1:06
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When an ad is a simple logo and tagline, I'm not sure how much more variation should be reasonable beyond changing the tagline. –  Robert Cartaino Jun 12 '10 at 5:01
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The current way could be interpreted as "the word for statistics in the pirate language". As in, every time a pirate says "Arrrr!", he means, "your bayesian model will never converge on my booty!". Your way would mean something like "statistical software to be used by pirates". I think I prefer the original version? –  Shane Jun 14 '10 at 14:48
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@eagle: People should vote for the projects they want to see supported. This early on, I'm not seeing the same winners. If it becomes a problem, we'll change the criteria. –  Robert Cartaino Jun 14 '10 at 21:10

JFugue - Java(TM) API for Music Programming

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Looks very interesting! –  Jarrod Dixon Jun 13 '10 at 2:34
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Just for kicks you should have the example in the ad play B minor. –  Patrick McElhaney Jun 17 '10 at 19:30

Might not be a yellow submarine, but still a Project you can live in!

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...and with that vote, this ad will now be served! –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jun 16 '10 at 6:32
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The italic... the googles, they don't do nothing! –  badp Jun 23 '10 at 14:06
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sounds like a promising project! a truly modern editor on par with textmate, but cross-platform and scriptable with ruby, could be HUGE. –  dreftymac Jun 24 '10 at 0:23
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I love that it looks/feels/works like TextMate and it's cross-platform and OPEN SOURCE. =] –  Andrew Sep 13 '10 at 23:24

bbsharp - a DOM parsing BBCode implementation written in C#

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Aha, took my untrained github eyes a bit of searching. I see now thorugh github.com/charliesome/bbsharp#readme and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBCode –  John K Jun 14 '10 at 15:57
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Your image is not loading..... –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jun 17 '10 at 5:18
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@Thomas: Theoretically yes, someone just needs to write the renderer –  Charlie Somerville Aug 31 '10 at 10:32

so++: providing access to the StackOverflow API

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so++ is a C++ wrapper for the StackOverflow API. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jun 13 '10 at 5:43
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Why would anyone want to access the StackOverflow API in C++? –  delete Sep 6 '10 at 2:01

Hack, Make your own language, Become a Racketeer!

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This is resubmitted per Robert Cartaino's comment saying that it "Also covers cases where submissions were received later in the cycle". Our entry got in less than two weeks ago, and the fact that ads will expire in a week was not stated in that question. –  Eli Barzilay Jun 13 '10 at 21:53
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Still haven't gotten used to the name change –  Kyle Cronin Jun 14 '10 at 0:07

Invisible Internet Project

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The name is interesting enough to make me click the link, but then it took 5 clicks before I could figure out what the project was actually trying to do. The home page could be much more friendly. –  user148238 Jun 24 '10 at 1:28
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@user: What is the project trying to do? –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jun 27 '10 at 16:20
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@george-edison: I2P aims to provide an anonymization layer on top of the existing Internet to access and host services anonymously(neither the service operator knows who the user is and vice-versa) and securly(all services are end-to-end encrypted). The basic principal is the same as Tor's, but I2P is focusing on the internal network aspect(hidden services in Tor-slang), while Tor focuses more on the outproxy aspect(ie. accessing sites on the normal Internet anonymously). Thus I2P and Tor can be seen as companion projects. @user148238: yeah.. we are working on that ;) –  welterde Jun 28 '10 at 9:10

Contribute to OpenLieroX

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Too long, the background makes no sense (I've never used it before), no catchy phrase, and no logo. Fix that and you'll get my vote –  TheLQ Jul 9 '10 at 5:18
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Yeah, but what is it? –  Adam Crossland Jul 9 '10 at 14:45
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Liero is a game that is totally worth checking out. That said, this ad doesn't do it a lot of justice. –  macek Jul 15 '10 at 14:44
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Yeah! Just a digging worm cannot call more programmers and players. Put 1 more worm and more 2 players with another skin, more weapons shotting and some explosion on a better level. The text would be in a more aggressive font; the text could be and like that: "OpenLieroX: a game with a lot of explosions for worms and brains". You can add piece of code as watermark in some picture part - like little lua commands. –  kokbira Jul 17 '10 at 2:39
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Liero is like Classic Worms on 100 crates of steroids :) –  alex Aug 6 '10 at 1:59
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This ad looks like a big penis... sorry, but I calls 'em like I sees 'em. –  Nik Reiman Oct 15 '10 at 8:05

GitSharp - git in C# for Windows/Mono

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Git isn't the problem - Windows is! (Okay, jokes aside - Git is pretty good.) –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Jul 2 '10 at 18:28
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*Waits for Linux Tourvalds to post a 15 page long rant on why anyone who doesn't use C sucks and should put down their keyboard –  TheLQ Jul 9 '10 at 4:47
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There's a good solution for git on Windows, it's called Mercurial! –  Chris S Jul 28 '10 at 8:32
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I find msysgit "good enough"; why not fix that first? –  Andrew Jul 29 '10 at 1:34
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The problem is that Windows doesn't have proper POSIX support, like any decent modern operating system should have. Solution? Install a good POSIX layer for Windows. Cygwin is a good one. Problem: solved. Good luck reimplementing Git in C#, though. It'll never be as fast as Git implemented in C. –  Dan Moulding Aug 12 '10 at 0:23
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The problems with git on windows will not be solved by a complete rewrite in C#. Not to mention any further updates to git will not patch automatically to Git#. This project is a waste of time. –  Ken Simon Sep 16 '10 at 17:20
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@Mauricio: Ok, you may have a point there. Still, the troll-like nature of this ad seems to suggest that they are trying to rewrite msysgit in C#... the ad doesn't say anything about an API for .NET. –  Nik Reiman Oct 19 '10 at 18:56
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I am pretty satisfied with msysgit and use it every day –  Mico Oct 20 '10 at 8:20

RestSharp - .NET REST Client

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+1 for the logo –  Midhat Jun 27 '10 at 19:10
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Great inspiring logo! I also loved the idea of "Rest Sharp", which is a musical joke... –  Shimmy Jul 6 '10 at 14:43
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Nice logo, but the joke is only aimed at an English audience. I think I have a good level of English although it is not my native language, but I did not know that was called a "rest", I thought it was called a "pause". Also, non-musicians may not recognize the rest symbol at all. –  nico Sep 8 '10 at 13:56

RabbitVCS - Git on board

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@detly I'm afraid it's not clear enough those are progress bars. Still, nice ad! –  badp Jul 4 '10 at 20:12
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@detly - exactly what do those progress bars mean? Do they refer to the fact that SVN is ~80% supported, but only 20% of git functionality is supported, and even less of the other ones? Or perhaps it is faster for SVN? Some enlightenment would be nice, thanks. –  a_m0d Jul 15 '10 at 4:43
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@a_m0d: I agree, this ad has perplexed me (I also upvoted badp's comment). After some pondering, I think the progress bars indicate just how integrated RabbitVCS is into various version control systems (I guess that it must have a lot of Subversion integration). Perhaps the lack of progress on integrating Hg, Bzr and (to a lesser extend) Git is to encourage developers to help develop that functionality... </psychologist> –  Adam Paynter Jul 15 '10 at 23:52
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It's a measure of how much we support that particular VCS. So SVN is mostly covered, with emblems, column attributes, context menus and dialogs for most common SVN commands. Git has emblems and a couple of dialogs, but not many. Bzr and Hg have no support yet. –  detly Jul 15 '10 at 23:53
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@detly: I believe one source of confusion is that it's not entirely obvious that RabbitVCS complements the other version control software. When I saw the ad, I thought that RabbitVCS was an alternative to the others. This caused me to think the progress bars were meant to compare something about those other solutions against RabbitVCS. Hope this helps. :) –  Adam Paynter Jul 16 '10 at 22:53
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Sorry, @detly, I missed your @-reply. They look like meters (popularity meters? feature meters? coolness meters? usage meters?). It's just confusing at first sight. Try maybe making those █████ style bars into ▊▊▊▊▊ style bars. –  badp Jul 18 '10 at 18:23
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I just don't get the ad. It doesn't say anything at all about what the product is about. The bars are really confusing. –  womp Aug 26 '10 at 17:27

Click to learn more about Refinery CMS

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+1 we could do with more help on Refinery CMS., especially helping with the Rails 3.0 support leading up to the 1.0 release soon –  djones Jul 20 '10 at 0:52
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Agreed, attracting some more experienced rails developers would really help out. –  stevenheidel Jul 20 '10 at 1:02
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We feel asking people to contribute to a project they haven't heard of before might be a little bit too much to ask too soon. So we're encouraging people to give the demo a whirl so they get a feel for what it does. –  djones Jul 20 '10 at 20:29

Does this project even have a dedicated developer any longer?

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Just so you know, neither of these images meet the "image requirements" listed above so they will not be served up by the ad module. Once they are resized (and the ad meets the minimum voting criteria) they will be picked up. –  Robert Cartaino Jul 21 '10 at 15:45
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Looks to me like some part is missing. Should at least be vertically centered. Also, what does this do? The image does not say anything at all about the project. –  nico Sep 26 '10 at 10:47
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Totally confused by this ad, it looks a bit blurry and it also looks like someone forgot to add the point of it in all that lovely whitespace... –  Fiona Taylor Gorringe Oct 8 '10 at 14:47

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clean. could've worked just as fine without the HRules –  George Profenza Oct 20 '10 at 12:24

Spray - A PHP/MySQL issue tracker

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No point putting the github URL IMHO, nobody's going to manually copy it from the image, it's barely readable, and it's bad for the heart too :) –  Mauricio Scheffer Nov 23 '10 at 15:34

RDS Framework - PHP webdevelopment framework

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10 out of 8 people? Why is there blood splatter? –  Jeff Davis Jul 26 '10 at 15:30
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Looks more like red paint –  Hippo Aug 11 '10 at 11:07
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We need Dexter to analyse this... ;) –  Guffa Aug 15 '10 at 12:24
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You can tell from the direction of the splatter that it was hit from above, and the length of the splatter marks indicate it was a blunt object hit with force. The speckles indicate the weapon was thick, and made of wood, this was almost certainly a large stick from an hybrid Sorbus tree. The stick was probably imported from Scotland, yes, definitely Scotland, I can smell it. The attacker probably travelled from Heathrow after travelling down from Glasgow in a white van. The attacker enjoys long walks in park and is partial to some Rose and Quiche in evenings. –  Tom Aug 26 '10 at 8:53
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I'd look further into this project if the homepage didn't say "to spead [sic] up your website." –  Stephen Nov 2 '10 at 17:47

An easy mock framework for .Net.

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too faking clever. –  Sky Sanders Aug 9 '10 at 23:19
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Uh... this is almost as bad as the "Case of the Mondays" ad. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Aug 13 '10 at 20:14
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I think it's awesome! –  Jeff Atwood Sep 3 '10 at 8:41
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@Jeff: Ya, and you also like the "case-of-the-mondays" ad. 'nough said. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Sep 20 '10 at 6:29

Soapi.CS makes using the Stack Exchange API as easy as breathing...

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Smart looking ad... +1 –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Aug 11 '10 at 0:13

StackApplet

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Aww... linux only. –  TheLQ Sep 10 '10 at 20:41
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@George Thats understandable, since it directly integrates into the Gnome panel. I like the app and I'm okay with Linux, I just don't use Linux for day to day stuff. –  TheLQ Sep 10 '10 at 23:49
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@George, enjoy the +250. This is the only ad that scored a "conversion" from me :D –  badp Sep 15 '10 at 16:08

Open Source Management Solution - ERP

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...one ERP to rule them all? ;) –  Piskvor Sep 9 '10 at 15:51

TwistLoad Download Manager

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@TheLQ: 1) It aims to provide acceleration capabilities eventually, as well as make managing downloads easier. 2) Launchpad is the best place I know for code hosting - regardless of platform. 3) Thanks! –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Oct 8 '10 at 5:34

7Basic Compiler

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I'd remove the "Great!" bit –  Mauricio Scheffer Sep 23 '10 at 14:58

Bookvar open source .NET mind mapping tool

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The coolest .NET Mind Mapping tool! –  Deyan Varchev Sep 3 '10 at 13:52

Help develop on the free open source game creator!

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Love the design –  Tom Sep 10 '10 at 13:02

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