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[![Tagline to show on mouseover][1]][2]

  [1]: http://image-url
  [2]: http://clickthrough-url

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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! – Bill K 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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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
  • I'd like to help, did you contact the original dev about forking it? – joshperry Dec 19 '09 at 6:25
  • They're trying to get back in contact with original devs so it can be merged under one product/project. – JonB Dec 19 '09 at 12:34
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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
  • Maybe use univers for Putty, and use thick for the subtitle, although then you lose the joke on the epic font. But those fonts are definitely higher-contrast. – ベレアー アダム Dec 8 '09 at 23:59
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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
  • This one really got my attention – mletterle Jan 6 '10 at 20:49
  • Putty FTW (15 chars) – anonymous coward Jan 9 '10 at 13:29
  • This should go the way of Pidgin, along with winscp – Chris S Jan 12 '10 at 14:37
  • Putty + Launchy + code.google.com/p/putty-launchy-plugin is a nice combo. – jonelf Jan 19 '10 at 16:34
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    Hard to read image. – Donny V. Jan 19 '10 at 18:59
  • You know what, the reality is that this is by far the best ad when it comes to CTR. Don't change a thing! – waffles Mar 2 '10 at 3:34
  • Putty :x . FTW \m/ – Dzung Nguyen Mar 10 '10 at 15:56
  • Huh. Are these fonts hinted? – SamB Apr 28 '10 at 22:43
  • Nice. But it is PuTTY, and perhaps it could better be served centered. – user147001 May 12 '10 at 7:19
  • What would I do without PuTTY on Windows? lol Pretty Epic. – Caleb Hearth Jun 8 '10 at 16:48


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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. – John Sheehan Dec 5 '09 at 5:38
  • Was that the point of this? I was was more about the humor. – Hogan Dec 5 '09 at 6:07
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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. – anonymous coward Jan 9 '10 at 13:32
  • @Charlie: It can be for Prototype too -- I'm easy. – Hogan Jan 10 '10 at 19:40
  • jQuery is pretty neat, but it does bother me that it's been promoted like it's a done deal it won the JS framework wars - which is far from the case. – user132053 Jan 11 '10 at 19:15
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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
  • @John Sheedan I agree. jQuery is the best, but everyone already knows. Things like Django and big projects like that are where we need support. – orokusaki Feb 1 '10 at 15:47
  • @Chris Making espresso is a lot of fun. I'd do it for a living if it paid well. No joke. – orokusaki Feb 1 '10 at 15:48
  • @Charlie Agreed! – orokusaki Feb 1 '10 at 15:49
  • It saddens me that jQuery won the framework wars. I believe Prototype is far superior to jQuery. – anonymous coward Feb 3 '10 at 7:31
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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

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
  • @Portman: thank you for making me note this. I hadn't realized that I had used the wrong size. – perbert Dec 20 '09 at 15:05
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    What, no magic pony? – Seth Jan 7 '10 at 19:02
  • Feel free to ad another one :) There is some whitespace that could be used. – perbert Jan 7 '10 at 23:45
  • There are some smudges on this image. – Thomas Jan 14 '10 at 18:27
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    It should say: "Rails, without the Ruby... Or the suck". – orokusaki Feb 1 '10 at 15:50
  • Is is possible to change the size ? – Natim Feb 21 '10 at 4:42
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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
  • @The Big Cheese - I agree with mllerustad. I think that a call to action will elicit more clicks to Django, which will create more Django developers. – orokusaki Jun 4 '10 at 16:53

The world's most advanced open source database.


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
  • Uhm, vim fans are going to vote it down :D – Flavius A Feb 19 '10 at 17:22
  • This is a great ad. Colorful, easy-to-read text, in-jokes but you don't have to get them to get the gist of the ad... I might make 'Legendary hackers Hack on Emacs' in bold to put the emphasis of the ad there, but it's good as is. – user145347 Mar 29 '10 at 0:50
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    btw, what window manager is that from? – mlvljr Apr 2 '10 at 8:41
  • EMACS MUST WIN. I do not have enough rep but just signed in to voice my vote, even if I am not rich enough to make it count. – Sohail Apr 21 '10 at 5:13
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    @mlvljr: do you want to know the window manager, or the theme?-) – tzot Apr 22 '10 at 16:33
  • @tzot what's the theme? – aviraldg May 11 '10 at 5:10

Help people communicate with Pidgin!

  • Be merciful, I'm a programmer, not a designer... – C. Ross Jan 1 '10 at 22:57
  • +1 from me. Great bit of OS software – user132053 Jan 11 '10 at 19:11
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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
  • I use it, but I would like to see more frameworks and libraries than applications in the ads – Jader Dias Jan 18 '10 at 0:21
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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
  • I agree with all that @Richard said, just reversing the placement of the bird would reverse the flow of the ad and create contrast, drawing the eyes along the tag line. Good ad otherwise! I love Pidgin, and developing for them would be something I'd love to do, should they be looking to expand into the iPhone market! Who's with me; an iPhone app would be stellar. – dmanexe Feb 2 '10 at 19:16
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    ...is...that... is that a Goodfeather?? – quack quixote Apr 20 '10 at 9:08
  • @danbirlem Excellent idea. – C. Ross Apr 30 '10 at 13:41
  • The bird is cute! – wump May 7 '10 at 7:00


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    Not sure if they are needing developers, do your justice. – Alix Axel Feb 20 '10 at 11:27
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    I think it's fine. SQLite is great, and anyone using it (i.e. programming with it) might end up finding bugs, writing blog posts with tips, etc. I consider that a valid interpretation of the rules. +1 – balpha Feb 20 '10 at 12:26
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    +1, As far as licensing goes, SQLite is one of the most generous projects that exists. Its also very well maintained, documented and lets not forget its usefulness! – Tim Post Mar 2 '10 at 9:22
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    for some reason I saw trumpets spelling the word Jazz in a strangely calligraphy, until I moved away from the screen a bit and saw the feather :) – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:35
  • +1. I'll take my vote down if they start adding engines by the dozen – Marco Mariani May 26 '10 at 22:19

Pygame - Python Game Library

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    +1 love the control at the snake's mouth – nosklo Mar 29 '10 at 3:26
  • pygame - great framework, horrible logo, classic :) – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:33

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
  • Re: OLPC text is unclear; this is simply the location of the photo itself, which is CC-By licensed. You are supposed to be enticed to click the add, not read the small print :-) – Anonymous Jan 1 '10 at 19:11
  • Everyone except developers, the target audience? – Kzqai Jan 9 '10 at 0:43
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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
  • @everybody: I think most people will know what this is referring to even without clicking the link or seeing the URL. I just came across it, and I felt like it "worked". – Joey Adams May 29 '10 at 6:31

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
  • Would be nice if the link worked... – Joel Coehoorn Dec 19 '09 at 14:17
  • @Joel: Works for me. – Dan Dyer Dec 19 '09 at 14:58
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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
  • This ad will make no sense at all in the summer. – Alix Axel Feb 22 '10 at 3:12
  • It's autumn here. – Nicolás May 2 '10 at 23:01
  • simple design, good typography, great copy/text +1 – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:39
  • @Dan the funny point is that evolution works whether you believe in it or not – just like the Watchmaker framework. ;-) – Konrad Rudolph Jun 8 '10 at 7:43


  • Had Fire Rodan in there for a minute, but it got too crowded. – orokusaki Feb 1 '10 at 16:39
  • Who needs FileZilla when you can have WinSCP? :P – Alix Axel Feb 1 '10 at 17:28
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    @Alix Axel I haven't tried WinSCP, but FileZilla releases updates all the time, has an easy updater that takes like 30 seconds, supports SFTP, has a great site manager for storing sites, allows you to back everything up in JSON format, supports all the normal stuff like custom ports and passive FTP, and it's blazingly fast. – orokusaki Feb 2 '10 at 18:11
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    Oops forgot... They have a client, and a server, both equally awesome, an awesome logo, and a cool name. – orokusaki Feb 2 '10 at 18:13
  • I know, I've used it before. That's why I'm saying I preffer WinSCP! =D – Alix Axel Feb 3 '10 at 10:11
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    @Alix: FileZilla is cross-platform. And from screenshots, WinSCP has a much worse interface. – DisgruntledGoat Feb 5 '10 at 12:34
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    @orokusaki Are they actually looking for developers? Seems to me everyone in this thread keeps posting their favourite open source apps without knowing whether they accept help or not. – DisgruntledGoat Feb 5 '10 at 12:36
  • @DisgruntledGoat I don't know to be honest. I thought all open source projects needed help, but I don't seem to find anything about it on their site now that you mention it. I figured since I've been using it for like 3 years I'd better do my part (I certainly am not learning C any time soon so this is it for me). – orokusaki Feb 9 '10 at 4:36
  • Based ony my experience WinSCP is horrible and can't transfer files properly at all. I'll definately try FileZilla one of these days as a replacement for it. – Esko Feb 9 '10 at 21:21
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    @orokusaki You're right, all FOSS projects can use help. Just from my experience of a few apps, the developers seem reticent to take suggestions on board. I'll stop complaining now since this is not directed at FZ really :p – DisgruntledGoat Feb 10 '10 at 15:40
  • Filezilla is just awesome. I'd never use anything else. – Kyle Apr 19 '10 at 11:46
  • Great stamp, but that is one weird silhouette :) – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:42
  • @George, lol, when it had Fire Rodan in the background behind Godzilla it was even weirder. – orokusaki May 22 '10 at 0:26
  • The letters are big / I am a bad haiku scribe / I weep for myself – Electro May 28 '10 at 16:00
  • FileZilla is good, but its interface is a horrible mess. – Will Vousden Jun 1 '10 at 9:33


  • Needs a better image. – jjnguy Feb 20 '10 at 23:36
  • @Justin Nelson - jjnguy: Updated it. – Alix Axel Feb 21 '10 at 1:02
  • @Alix Looks way better. – jjnguy Feb 21 '10 at 22:10
  • @Alix: are they taking contributions? I had added a Notepad++ ad, but deleted it after somebody pointed to me that the original developer wasn't taking code. – perbert Feb 23 '10 at 16:01
  • @voyager: I'm not sure if he accepts core code, but AFAIK plugins, syntax highlighters, themes and translations are welcome. – Alix Axel Feb 23 '10 at 16:11
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    They really need help on their site. No script, tough luck. It's also getting old that every update disables all the existing plug-ins. – QueueHammer Mar 1 '10 at 20:26
  • I which I knew how to make this editor work within Visual Studio – Zachary Scott Mar 12 '10 at 18:14
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    More than anything, Notepad++ needs UI improvement. – DisgruntledGoat Apr 16 '10 at 15:50
  • One of the worst logos I've seen so far, and usually developers don't even bother much. Horrible colours and the software reminds of sciTe, only I like sciTe better -1. I am horrible, I know. – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:47
  • @George: I agree with you on everything, except the sciTE being better. – Alix Axel May 24 '10 at 14:23
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    This editor is promising on many levels, but, in addition to some of the drawbackss mentioned above, this one IMHO needs the touch of someone with really good design sensibilities, and it would be great if it were scriptable in a higher-level language such as javascript, python or ruby (see e.g., Sublime text editor for a comparison sublimetext.com). – dreftymac May 25 '10 at 19:54
  • Notepad2 much better. – stacker May 28 '10 at 2:20
  • @stacker: I don't agree. – Alix Axel May 29 '10 at 19:02
  • @Alix Axel I also agree with you, except I didn't say sciTE is better, it's just me just me that likes it better :P – George Profenza May 30 '10 at 21:17

I like to move it move it


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
  • Heh, it's cool seeing my little project make this list. Thanks. – Ryan McGeary Jan 2 '10 at 19:44
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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
  • Roger, You have to try it before you would ever consider contributing. The more people that use a project, the more likely someone will come along to help out with it. – Ryan McGeary Jan 8 '10 at 2:42
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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
  • anyone else sees a hand with 3 uniformly fading fingers, which one would expect to fade incrementally for some reason ? – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:41
  • Wow, this page called me a loser – kibibu Jun 3 '10 at 3:13

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.

  • Sphinx is an important part of my site - I figured that this would be a nice way to thank the developers. – outcassed Dec 5 '09 at 1:10
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    PS - the art is a legit purchase from iStockphoto and legal to use in a digital advertisement. – outcassed Dec 5 '09 at 1:11
  • Sphinx rules! very professional looking ad. – waffles Dec 5 '09 at 10:35
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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
  • I'm a fan of Sphinx – Sam Soffes Mar 9 '10 at 21:19
  • This is confusing, I thought it was for sphinx the python documentation engine sphinx.pocoo.org – hasen Mar 13 '10 at 19:13
  • nice illustration – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:43

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
  • I came here for the Watchmaker framework ad and stayed for the JQuerySharp ad. :) But it so happens I'm a fan of Firebird too. – Carl Smotricz Jan 8 '10 at 14:58

RestSharp: .NET REST Client

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    beautiful sign }# - rest sharp! – Shimmy Weitzhandler Jan 10 '10 at 3:52
  • Yay! This is nice. So many people (at least in Sweden) don't get that it is a sharp sign, not a "quadruple plus" or something. Here it is obvious. Great ad! – Johan Jan 23 '10 at 14:44
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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
  • I'm not sure I like the "Fork it." statement. I know what it means, many developers who come here will know what it means, but it still sounds almost insulting, and more so to people who don't know the technical term "fork". – Ricket Feb 10 '10 at 19:12
  • knife it. stab it. tooth it.. :) – mlvljr Apr 2 '10 at 8:45
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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
  • Simple and effective +1 – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:50

Contribute to Eclipse

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    Add a impacting phrase will make the Ad much more interesting. – Nathan Campos Feb 8 '10 at 15:14
  • @Nathan: I was considering that, but didn't have anything witty on my mind. And the official phrases don't seem perfect in this context either, as I feel Contribute to Eclipse is a bit dull here and Get involved! of course is too generic. So I decided to stick to just the official logo in its current state for now. Also, I think there is reason to hope the logo will be easily recognized by people that could be interested in contributing to Eclipse. – Fabian Steeg Feb 8 '10 at 16:18
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    You need to let people know you are asking for help though. No one is going to click on it (even if it just "Eclipse") if you don't. – Catharsis Feb 9 '10 at 2:03
  • @Austin: Yes true, added a caption. Thanks, also @Nathan. – Fabian Steeg Feb 9 '10 at 11:39
  • [Eclipse Logo] Don't scream at it - help us make it screaming fast! – scunliffe May 18 '10 at 13:08
  • not very original, but quite ok. – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:50

Drupal.org: when you can't pin all the blame on PHP.

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    plz send us the developers!!!1 – perbert Feb 17 '10 at 5:26
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    Re: point 2: the move to Git is underway. – ceejayoz Feb 20 '10 at 5:08
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    Hilarous (and unfortunately accurate). Still, it may annoy Drupal more than help them. – Macha Feb 20 '10 at 12:40
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    Downvote. This is not what ads are for. – Agnel Kurian Feb 25 '10 at 9:55
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    Too many words! – Joe Polski Feb 27 '10 at 3:14
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    I've been using (and developping for/with) Drupal for almost 10 months, and what this "ad" says is, unfortunatly, true... But I really don't think this will attract developpers that could help the project : as a PHP developper, I don't want to go develop Drupal when I see this (Even if I know some nice things can be done with it -- imagine if I didn't know...) – Pascal MARTIN Mar 8 '10 at 19:34
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    Nice things can be done with Drupal, and nice things can be said about Drupal, but the spaghetti behind the scenes and other "inconvenient truths" are just bubbling beneath the surface. This ad is just one tiny attempt to address the issue with some humor, instead of ignoring it, and letting good developers abandon the project because they think everyone must be happy with the status quo. – dreftymac Mar 10 '10 at 0:57
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    -1 for completely missing the SO freehand circle meme. – tvanfosson Mar 15 '10 at 19:41
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    Meh, this ad sucks. It's trying to hard to be ironic. – JP Silvashy Mar 21 '10 at 19:27
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    Yes, insulting the project is a terribly mature way to help Drupal. – John Fiala Mar 28 '10 at 1:50
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    @John Fiala: Sometimes that's the best way to motivate somebody to fix their stuff the heck up - and as an advert, it lets a potential programmer know what they're getting in to, so they're less likely to simply leave when they see the project from the inside. Now -that- is a bad way to help :P – Phoshi Mar 28 '10 at 10:34
  • Why drive developers to a project that produces developers frustrated enough to make this kind of ad? Because 29 people liked it? Antagonizing something is almost always a bad idea. – Tim Post Apr 2 '10 at 15:25
  • @Tim Post probably more like 43 people upvoted and 14 people downvoted (assuming a 1:1 mapping between votes and people). – dreftymac Apr 5 '10 at 23:34
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    This is the most hilarious advert I have seen in my life. When you get used to hacking around with the quirky user interface, you can do a huge amount on Drupal without writing a single line of code. But the second you want to start writing code, OH NO! – Finbarr Apr 10 '10 at 22:42
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    @ax: I respect your viewpoints. Nevertheless, the ad says "please help" and links to drupal contribute: 100% meeting the ad requirements. ALSO, nowhere does it say Drupal is a "crappy" CMS. There no denying there is some very un-pretty spaghetti in there though, many Drupal veterans make this point themselves on blogs and in archives of past Drupalcons on screencast – dreftymac May 13 '10 at 22:57

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
  • AFAICS this advert has the best click-through rate of the adverts right now. Alan must have a friendly face :) – U62 Feb 8 '10 at 14:25
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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
  • I think Alan Cox wants to sex me. – user1228 May 20 '10 at 13:46
  • like Tux was even necessary :) – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:52
  • Awesome. That is all. – fmark Jun 8 '10 at 4:51

Get started with hacking on GHC!

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    imgur.com/MxSqK.gif What do you think of this, gbacon? The one you posted is really blurry. – Catharsis Feb 9 '10 at 2:37
  • @Austin Animation is verboten. – Greg Bacon Mar 4 '10 at 16:41
  • cool image/lambda reference. – chakrit Mar 14 '10 at 20:17
  • Not sure if the glossy gradient and the drop shadow was necessary. Clever symbol though. – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:55
  • @chakrit: Isn't that just a rendition of the Haskell logo? (Which is a cross between a lambda and ">>=" (which is pronounced bind).) – SamB Feb 12 '12 at 23:27
  • @AustinKelleyWay: The "cursor visible" frame would probably work nicely as a still, though! – SamB Feb 12 '12 at 23:30

Clojure is looking for contributors and programmers.

  • My potentially lousy attempt at creating a nice ad for Clojure. Comments appreciated. – user131177 Feb 8 '10 at 14:27
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    I'd move the "it" into the next line, so the lines are more visually balanced. – Chris Jester-Young Feb 8 '10 at 18:43
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    Unless you wanted to emphasise the "wrong", in which case, shrink the text on the line above it. :-) – Chris Jester-Young Feb 8 '10 at 18:43
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    Up yours, buddy! Your momma did it wrong! – P Daddy Feb 22 '10 at 12:31
  • Hmm. Some people might get confused and think it's just that they aren't doing state the right way, rather than realize that state is the wrong way... – SamB Apr 28 '10 at 22:40
  • hate that j. interesting colours, but what's up with that logo, I mean I'm not sure if it's trying to be a tnuva(tnuva.co.il/site/EN/tnuva.asp?pi=20) or a scheme logo(upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/79/… talking about colour distribution, not just the lambda in a circle – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 22:11
  • @SamB For those people, there's clojure tutorials? – Kzqai Feb 12 '12 at 22:53

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
  • Okay; the old one is at: i48.tinypic.com/2dah88x.png I just took it from netbsd.org/gallery/advocacy/flyer.pdf because there isn't really a great landing page for recruitment as such. – dlamblin Dec 21 '09 at 8:12
  • not in balance, also, have I seen this orange/gray logo combination before in the world of software ? hmmm... – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 21:57

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

  • Is poor vs pour a pun on users of ext2fs? – dlamblin Dec 21 '09 at 8:59
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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
  • Ted Ts'o will give you a big hug for this. e2fsprogs are anything but rewarding to maintain. – Tim Post Mar 15 '10 at 4:46
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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

Ruby on Rails - we are in beta! help, docs, patches are welcome!

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    Ruby on Rails - few weeks to rails3 beta! help, docs, patches are welcome! – makevoid Feb 2 '10 at 15:19
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    I've never really understood why Ruby on Rails' logo looks more like a strip of film than a railroad. Maybe it should be Ruby on Film Location which could be shortened to ROFL. – orokusaki Feb 4 '10 at 21:23
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    I always thought it looked like the tentacle things from Half-Life. – hobbs Feb 8 '10 at 4:30
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    Looks like a wizard hat to me. I like it! – Bua Mar 1 '10 at 19:25
  • To report a bug and/or submit a patch: rails.lighthouseapp.com/projects/8994-ruby-on-rails/tickets – makevoid Apr 7 '10 at 4:46
  • @orokusaki, me neither, but it makes the logo awesome. Literal rails might not reach most people. Don't like the orange background and the second ruby. Clean white background might have worked better (cleaner, nicely aired out) – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 22:01

The R-Project for Statistical Computing

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    SOMEBODY set us up the bomb! – JD Long Feb 19 '10 at 19:15
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    @JD Long: No, "somebody set up us the bomb". :-P Don't swap the "up" and "us" around! :-) – Chris Jester-Young Feb 25 '10 at 3:16
  • Logo is tacky. Hey 1991, we have internet webpage. – macek May 4 '10 at 19:07
  • @macek: I agree, but that's what we have to live with... – Shane May 6 '10 at 16:15
  • Although the logo might safely ride with Michael J Fox straight Back to the Future, I think that's a strong point, as I read: "to busy with the Maths, don't care about the logo, don't need to." For some reason, the nerdier the logo is in a scientific software, the more I believe in the app. +1 – George Profenza May 21 '10 at 22:15
  • Can't search R on Stack Overflow! – ilhan Jun 1 '10 at 0:03
  • @ilhan: sure you can; just enter [r] into the search window. It's a very popular tag. – Shane Jun 1 '10 at 13:27
  • I actually think the logo looks pretty nice. It's certainly a lot better than Haskell's old one was! (Man that thing was so busy...) – SamB Feb 12 '12 at 23:36

SciPy, the Matlab Killer

  • Sorry, I could not find a better image. I am not even associated with the project, but I LOVE IT and I hope someone comes up with a better logo. – Joe Polski Feb 27 '10 at 3:22
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    Please correct to the specified format. – waiwai933 Feb 27 '10 at 3:46
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    @waiwai933: Fixed image. – Alix Axel Feb 27 '10 at 12:47
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    How did this get the huge number of votes on the listing? – Daniel A. White Mar 3 '10 at 12:22
  • Fun logo, totally needs a call to action. – Kzqai Feb 12 '12 at 22:56

Castle Project http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/8121/text2924821.png

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