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Open Source Advertising - Sidebar - 1H 2011

Here is your chance to create a Free Vote-Based Advertisement for an Open Source Project. Create a graphical ad for an open source programming project and post it as an answer to this question (in the right format), and it will feed live remnant ads on stackoverflow.com.

Ad Requirements

It must be an advertisement soliciting the participation and contribution of programmers writing actual source code. This is not intended as a general purpose ad for consumer products which just happen to be open source. It's for finding programmers who will help contribute code or other programmery things (documentation, code review, bugfixes, etc).

In order to work, the answers you post to this question must conform to the following rules.

Answer Template

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

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

Please do not add anything else to the body of the post. If you want to add any commentary, keep it in the comments.

Image requirements

  • The image that you create must be 220px by 220px
  • Can be hosted anywhere (tinypic, twitpic, your blog); we will mirror the image locally when we serve it.
  • Must be GIF or PNG
  • No animated GIFs
  • Absolute limit on filesize of ~150kb

The output, which ultimately will be served in an ad slot on Stack Overflow, can be previewed by clicking through to this URL:

http://rads.stackoverflow.com/ossads/220x250

There is a minimum score threshold an answer must meet (currently 6) before it will be served up by that URL and shown on Stack Overflow. You can see all the ads that currently make the threshold and meet our criteria on this page:

http://rads.stackoverflow.com/ossads/all

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  • lol this question is already serving it's purpose. I'm curious about some of these projects I've never heard of before.
    – Doug T.
    Dec 5, 2009 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, 2009 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, 2009 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, 2009 at 11:25
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    Can other sites run these ads? IE are they contributed beyond just stackoverflow?
    – dlamblin
    Dec 19, 2009 at 15:40
  • +1 for @dlamblin You could easily provide listings for other websites.
    – chakrit
    Dec 19, 2009 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, 2009 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, 2009 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. Dec 21, 2009 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, 2009 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, 2010 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." Jan 8, 2010 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? Feb 12, 2010 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, 2010 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, 2010 at 4:28

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Perl (and Python!) Template Toolkit

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  • Cool. What about it?
    – macek
    May 5, 2010 at 20:20
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    @macek: What do you want to know? Template Toolkit it arguably one of the most used opensource templating systems out there and used by some big companies. Its a grandaddy of the template systems and as influenced many others of the years. TT2 is currently available in Perl & Python. And there is a complete TT3 rewrite which could always do with a hand or two: github.com/abw/Template-TT3
    – draegtun
    May 6, 2010 at 10:24
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    Dang True! For what it does TT is one of the open source greats. TT docs should be required reading for anyone who works with or builds any kind of string templating system.
    – dreftymac
    May 20, 2010 at 16:04
  • I was giving you a hard time because it doesn't solicit programmer contribution. You're advertising a product.
    – macek
    Jun 9, 2010 at 15:00
  • @macek: I didn't realise u were giving me a hard time :) TT is an opensource project like others on here and like them programmer contribution is their life blood.
    – draegtun
    Jun 19, 2010 at 12:34
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Help build KDE http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/3187/kdelogoad.png

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  • Needz moar details...
    – SamB
    Apr 28, 2010 at 21:40
  • I like the logo
    – yeti
    Jun 9, 2010 at 17:53
  • ImageShack seems to have deleted your image and replaced it with an ad of their own. If you can reupload it, please do so; otherwise please consider deleting this answer. Aug 25, 2015 at 13:03
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N2 CMS

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    I thought this was about contributing, not trying it out.
    – dlamblin
    Dec 21, 2009 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, 2009 at 11:09
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    upvote to 5 because I'm feeling nice :p Jan 9, 2010 at 13:47
  • I can't figure out what license this is distributed on. Feb 3, 2010 at 21:42
  • @Dave GNU Lesser Public
    – Chris S
    Feb 10, 2010 at 13:07
  • Web site is down!
    – user130648
    Mar 24, 2010 at 20:08
  • @user130648: might want to go to your profile page and pull in the bio stuff from your SO (or wherever) profile ...
    – SamB
    Apr 28, 2010 at 21:43
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Incanter, Data Sorcery with Clojure
(source: incanter.org)

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  • +1 Looks good, David!
    – Shane
    Feb 20, 2010 at 3:31
  • Thanks Shane! I like both of your rstats ads too, and will vote for them once I've got enough reputation :-)
    – liebke
    Feb 20, 2010 at 3:50
  • +1 bump it to six :) Apr 9, 2010 at 13:49
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All-in-one installers and virtual appliances for open source server software
(source: bitrock.com)

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  • Nice icons, ad, and product:) Dec 8, 2010 at 17:31
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NPOI for your Excel needs

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    Can someone with graphic talent give this image some love?
    – scunliffe
    Mar 5, 2010 at 18:45
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    I can't tell what NPOI does. Mar 11, 2010 at 19:48
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    @Mauricio - NPOI needs someone with graphic talent to give it some love! :) But in the meantime, NPOI is used to read/write Excel .xls files in Microsoft .NET Framework. Mar 11, 2010 at 23:48
  • Is that a coffee cup? On a .NET ad?
    – Nicolás
    May 2, 2010 at 22:54
  • is this supposed to be npoiX? where the X is a paper and gumball grinder? "I'll take a small paper gumball macchiato, please"
    – macek
    May 4, 2010 at 18:51
  • I used this in my project. It's good stuff.
    – Angkor Wat
    Aug 5, 2010 at 14:52
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bbsharp - a DOM parsing BBCode implementation written in C# - help us develop it! http://anyhub.net/file/so_ad.png

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  • I see no image.
    – Nicolás
    May 2, 2010 at 23:08
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    Looks clean and fresh.
    – macek
    May 4, 2010 at 18:47
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Find Time For TimeFinder!

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    Find Time For TimeFinder and join the Team!
    – Karussell
    Mar 9, 2010 at 21:00
  • Looks cool but IMHO it's too abstract Mar 11, 2010 at 19:51
  • What do you think should be improved? I think this ad is targeted to developers and they will understand, won't they? May I should put the 'Find Time For TimeFinder' slogan directly under the images?
    – Karussell
    Mar 12, 2010 at 12:12
  • I wouldn't count on it. At least add a tagline or brief description or something below the equation stuff--you've got plenty of room.
    – user145347
    Mar 29, 2010 at 0:45
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Go to the so++ homepage! http://files.quickmediasolutions.com/sopp_ad.png

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  • Okay, basically this is a C++ wrapper for the StackOverflow/ServerFault/SuperUser/Meta/StackApps API. It has come a long way and supports the vast majority of API calls. May 30, 2010 at 5:48
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PDL - the Perl Data Language | Number crunching capabilities for Perl

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  • It shows "This photo is currently unavailable" to me.
    – kennytm
    Apr 5, 2010 at 16:08
  • @KennyTM - I thought it was SO cacheing the image that caused that.. but I have now noticed extra cruft on end of the image URL :( Have fixed now.
    – draegtun
    Apr 5, 2010 at 20:01
  • PDL rocks. While the logo isn't really elegant, it's showing the library's roots in astronomy nicely.
    – user145970
    Apr 10, 2010 at 17:55
  • I'm probably not the first to say programmers aren't designers for a reason...
    – macek
    May 4, 2010 at 18:45
  • @macek: Well at least it got it 15 mins of fame - readwriteweb.com/archives/stackoverflow_business_funding.php
    – draegtun
    May 6, 2010 at 10:18
  • ouch, can you even see the logo if you're colour blind?
    – quoo
    May 7, 2010 at 21:46
  • Needs more Unicorns! - btw, what is PDL? should the image not contain some info about what it is?
    – scunliffe
    May 21, 2010 at 12:38
  • Its an old logo which has recently been updated along with the website. The logo still doesn't describe what it is but I did add it to the ALT element here (which only shows when ad is used though!). PS. PDL is for Perl Data Language. More at website and also how to contribute here: pdl.perl.org/?page=mailing-lists
    – draegtun
    Jun 19, 2010 at 12:39
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Contribute to the world's leading open source NAC!

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  • PacketFence is an amazing open source project. I've met some of the people behind it and I know that they really deserve to get some more attention / love. Apr 23, 2010 at 21:08
  • The text is a bit hard to read; letters too vertically stretched. You should consider another font.
    – Nicolás
    May 2, 2010 at 22:50
  • Includes checklist? Check.
    – macek
    May 18, 2010 at 19:06
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Circumflex — lightweight Web framework and ORM for Scala
(source: circumflex.ru)

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  • Hrmm. Where's the ad?
    – SamB
    Apr 28, 2010 at 21:44
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    the script text is barely legible.
    – macek
    May 4, 2010 at 18:46
  • Yeap. They usually call it branding. May 20, 2010 at 9:20
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The sky is the limit!

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    Wing Beats is an internal little language (DSL) for creating XHTML. It is based on F# and includes an ASP.NET MVC view engine, but can also be used solely for it's capability of creating XHTML. May 20, 2010 at 20:28
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Kopal - Distributed Social Networking.

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    I think this deserves a lot more attention. Mar 28, 2010 at 15:53
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    "Help us get better"? "Help us become better"? The poor grammar, it burns us.
    – user145347
    Mar 29, 2010 at 16:15
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    "I'm not a native English speaker and learning only by experiences. Also I'm still not convinced that help us getting better is incorrect grammatically. I might change my views and the ad picture if get more comments about it." - Author. Apr 3, 2010 at 10:22
  • Just a humble request - If you find the advertisement grammatically incorrect, please respond by a comment and not by a negative vote. You're also welcome to suggest a better statement. Apr 3, 2010 at 10:25
  • @mllerustad: I guess they really do need help! May 8, 2010 at 21:47
  • +1, but how does this differ from Diaspora (joindiaspora.com)?
    – Alix Axel
    May 18, 2010 at 13:46
  • Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    – macek
    May 18, 2010 at 19:07
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    Yes, getting better is wrong..
    – User
    May 24, 2010 at 13:36
  • @Alix Axel - Well, they have 200,000 USD and media coverage to boot with. Jun 17, 2010 at 1:55
  • @user140810 - For start, you can help with English documentations. :) Jun 17, 2010 at 1:57
  • Edit Reverted back to previous image. Aug 19, 2010 at 16:43
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Contribute to OpenLieroX
(source: sourceforge.net)

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  • My god, I loved liero. Albert, the ad could still use a little work, though.
    – macek
    May 18, 2010 at 19:18
  • As said in another post, "Liero is a game that is totally worth checking out. That said, this ad doesn't do it a lot of justice." (macek). 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, 2010 at 2:49
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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 Dec 19, 2009 at 9:58
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    To bounce less? Dec 19, 2009 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, 2009 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, 2010 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, 2010 at 18:06
  • @unknown: You can if it's about windows. There are other examples in this thread.
    – Tobu
    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:16
  • Good idea for an ad; but I suggest smaller font for 'suck'... maybe the size of 'less'. Either way, 'suck less' should be same size imho
    – Nicolás
    May 2, 2010 at 23:01
  • The ad sucks, too.
    – macek
    May 18, 2010 at 19:12
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Ruby on Rails http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/6941/rorg.png

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    * Until you try to upgrade from one point version to the next and find that one small thing has changed and your code no longer works
    – SeanJA
    Mar 28, 2010 at 2:01
  • -1, already a RoR ad here Apr 24, 2010 at 12:49
  • Ad is for product, not asking for help!
    – SamB
    Apr 28, 2010 at 21:39
  • ImageShack seems to have deleted your image and replaced it with an ad of their own. If you can reupload it, please do so; otherwise please consider deleting this answer. Aug 25, 2015 at 13:03
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A toolkit for building scalable, community-oriented web applications.

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    For starters, that logo doesn't fulfill the size requirements.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Jan 30, 2010 at 20:28
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    If you have a better image, please say you do, post the URL in the comments and someone with enough rep will fix up.
    – random
    Jan 31, 2010 at 14:29
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    This has to be one of the worst mascots ever but here is a better image: fisheye.openacs.org/browse/~raw,r=1.1/OpenACS/openacs.org-dev/…
    – Alix Axel
    Feb 6, 2010 at 3:29
  • How about a description of what OpenACS does? Mar 11, 2010 at 19:49
  • @Alix Axel, that is a "better" image? :)
    – macek
    Jun 9, 2010 at 14:54
  • @macek: At least it has a higher level of detail. =)
    – Alix Axel
    Jun 25, 2010 at 3:12
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Working quick start ASP.NET MVC on mono http://shaml.sztupy.hu/images/shamlad.png

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  • pictures mashed with <insert graphic> words. italics. S#aml.
    – macek
    May 4, 2010 at 19:00
  • really helpful. Care to explain more?
    – SztupY
    May 5, 2010 at 10:39
  • The formatting is just sloppy. Why is everything italic? Define the elements: you have 1) a logo, 2) big ad text, 3) ad body text, 4) mono logo. They're all scattered about the page. This ad simply directs my eyes to look somewhere else rather than actually continue reading to find out what it's about.
    – macek
    May 18, 2010 at 19:17
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Join the team and enhance the fun

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  • As requested, a new version that hopefully clarifies what Performous is.
    – Tronic
    Mar 24, 2010 at 19:25
  • First ad I see that mentions an IRC channel. I think it's a good idea.
    – Nicolás
    May 2, 2010 at 22:52
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I, THE WHITE HOUSE USE DRUPAL; read more... http://pendashteh.ir/images/drupal.png

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  • all drupalists'! vote to take off over the previous shaming ad of drupal.
    – Alexar
    Apr 11, 2010 at 21:36
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    Respectfully, you may wish to re-consider your approach if you are trying to make a more 'favorable' impression. How does this ad help to counteract the message of the previous ad? If anything, it seems to perfectly reinforce the point. Even if people can decipher your point about the White House, U.S. Government agencies are notorious for deploying sloppy, bloated, inelegant code that no one wants to acknowledge, let alone maintain. Ask anybody with knowledge on this subject.
    – dreftymac
    Apr 12, 2010 at 20:39
  • here is for advertise a project not attracting developers. i don't know what was the aim of the previous ad. i just want to cover it's bad aspects on visitrs.
    – Alexar
    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:43
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    The Ad requirements say: "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."
    – dreftymac
    Apr 13, 2010 at 16:29
  • yes, you right. but most of ads above have nothing to do with developers. they are just ad.
    – Alexar
    Apr 18, 2010 at 4:47
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    Um, the ad means nothing to me...
    – SamB
    Apr 28, 2010 at 21:39
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    VERTICAL text is very easy to read with my top and bottom eyes.
    – macek
    May 4, 2010 at 19:02
  • I wish I could vote this down again.
    – macek
    May 18, 2010 at 19:19
  • I like the semicolon, But I'd change the rest of the image.
    – mati
    May 26, 2010 at 15:48
  • So what do they use and why do I need it? I have no clue what this ad is advertising from the look of it.
    – Malcolm
    Jun 11, 2010 at 9:25
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