We've had some discussion on Super User lately pertaining to what the focus and scope of Community Promotion Ads should be.

There are two categories of posts pertaining to community ads:

  • Those in which we actually select the advertisements to be shown
  • Those in which we discuss the issues surrounding community ads

The tag has been applied to both, but it is a special tag: it is required for the ads to show up on the main site, and will pre-populate the answer field with the template for community ads:

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

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

Obviously, this doesn't need to - and should not - occur for meta posts discussing community ads; it only needs to be there for meta posts which contain the ads. Users keep adding the tag though when discussing community ads, because of this ambiguity. We have been changing this to the tag on discussion questions, which does not introduce the template code.

Is this the appropriate way to be tagging these? Is there a more appropriate tag for the discussion questions? If really should only be used for posts for suggesting ads, then I propose that it be made into a moderator restricted tag like and , so that users cannot apply it willy-nilly. If it should be used for discussion, then the template should not be automatically applied except on specifically designated posts.

  • I'm torn between wanting to submit an edit to make the tags show up properly, or leaving it as is because them not showing as mod-only tags kinda reflects the reason this question was asked to begin with. – Grace Note Mar 3 '14 at 20:59
  • @GraceNote I think you've stumbled upon a weird bug... if you look at the revision history you can see that they are in fact meta-tag... I'm not sure why they display properly in the revision history but not in the rendered post. – nhinkle Mar 3 '14 at 21:08
  • Huh, I noticed that it rendered in the preview but I didn't check the revision history, so I assumed it was just a matter of the saved copy not being updated with the tag's status and the dynamically generated preview matching properly, but now I'm not sure. – Grace Note Mar 3 '14 at 21:11

I have made community-ads a moderator only tag on all sites. This will be pushed out during the next build.

is the correct tag to use for questions related to advertising, but not the actual ads.

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