When designing community ads, I've generally gone to look at the Area 51 Launched Page to see where I could put ads (and frown when the best sites were still in beta). I've usually expected that all sites would be there.
I'm going to be taking Code Review as an example:
Code Review is a site that has apparently "graduated" through the design-independent process. As seen in their meta post, they've graduated, under the conditions of this design-independent graduation post on Meta SE. They should also be in the footer, but apparently they aren't, due to something wickety wackety thing:
After digging, it's clear we can't simply shove new links into the already crowded space, and a different solution is needed all together. We will be discussing the site footer in the coming days so we can determine how to tackle this at its root.
Looking for the bug?
I would expect these new graduated sites to be showing up under the Area 51 Launched page. There isn't really a definition of "launched": I would expect it to just hold graduated sites. Of course, if it's like the footer, then it might not happen in a while...
With design-independent graduated sites still holding the same logo/favicon, it's hard now to distinguish between graduated and beta sites. Are design-independent sites showing up under the Area 51 launched page?
Now the feature-request!
Of course, if that's going to take a while (which I likely expect it will), can we have a separate resource on Meta SE - a list of graduated sites? I have a hunch that this will likely be status-declined, but I think that this will be extremely helpful (if you want, I can think of an ultimate creative way to list sites and make it awesome!).