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Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2012

What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here?

TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they will appear on the main site as community promotion ads.

But whyyyyyyy?

This is a method for the community to control what gets promoted to visitors on the site. For example, you might promote the following things:

  • the site's twitter account
  • scripts packs or power tools
  • cool events or conferences
  • anything else your community would genuinely be interested in

The goal is for future visitors to find out about the stuff your community deems important. And to click on it for great justice!

How does it work?

The answers you post to this question must conform to the following rules, or they will be ignored.

  1. All answers should be in the exact form of:

    [![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 discuss something, do it in the comments.

  2. The question must always be tagged with the magic tag.

Image requirements

  • The image that you create must be 220 x 250 pixels
  • Must be hosted through our standard image uploader (imgur)
  • Must be GIF or PNG
  • No animated GIFs
  • Absolute limit on file size of 150 KB

Score Threshold

There is a minimum score threshold an answer must meet (currently 6) before it will be shown on the main site.

You can check out the ads that have met the threshold with basic click stats here.

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    @Caramdir: thanks. I used to be "with it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm "with" isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary. It'll happen to you! – Matthew Leingang Mar 21 '11 at 3:01
  • @Geoff: It is OK to add answers here which only suggest possible ads? Would this confuse the ad-extractor? We could open an own discussion "question" for this. – Martin Scharrer Jul 3 '11 at 21:10
  • @Martin: Kjell wrote me he'll send a banner next week, for texample.net/TikZ gallery. Also, I asked C. Schenk (MiKTeX) (he answered he'll send a banner), Palle (LaTeX Font Catalogue), Graham (TeX Catalogue) and will ask further people .. I like the site owners to agree and perhaps to provide their own image for linking. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 4 '11 at 14:55
  • @Stefan: Thanks a lot, I agree with you. I was planning to contact you and Joseph about contacting Kjell. One another site would be the UK TeX FAQ. – Martin Scharrer Jul 4 '11 at 17:00
  • @Martin: Since the UK TeX FAQ site doesn't show a logo, just text, I drafted a logo and sent it for asking. Asked also regarding Kile, TeXnicCenter and will continue to contact projects. Perhaps they would send a banner or would allow to use their logo for linking. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 4 '11 at 18:27
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    @Stefan: You could add detexify to that list. – Andrew Stacey Jul 5 '11 at 8:15
  • Why is this question tagged with {top-7}? Are only the top seven ads shown? – Martin Scharrer Jul 5 '11 at 10:37
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    @Martin: See The 7 Essential Meta Questions. Btw. perhaps let's clean a bit above, regarding now obsolete talks. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 5 '11 at 16:01
  • @Stefan: Should we also add TUG and TeXLive? There is also DANTE, and even a link to comp.text.tex (as Google Group) would be possible. Many new people might not known these and would benefit from getting pointed there. – Martin Scharrer Jul 13 '11 at 16:11
  • @Martin: true! Let's do that. I'll take freely usable logos from Wikimedia Commons, refer to there, at the moment TUG and Dante. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 13 '11 at 16:37
  • @Martin: comp.text.tex added – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 13 '11 at 17:23
  • MiKTeX and Detexify will come, Christian resp. Daniel are working on a banner. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 13 '11 at 17:30
  • @GoeffDalgas: Adding new ads is currently broken. See my bug report at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/98975/…. – Martin Scharrer Jul 19 '11 at 9:33
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    @Martin fix deploying currently; give it 2 minutes? – Marc Gravell Jul 19 '11 at 9:56
  • Uh, I have to ask about the legalese: What's the license that applies to the ads? Are they Subscriber Content according to section 3 of the sx ToS? – Martin Schröder Oct 27 '11 at 17:34

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From answers to packages

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    A tribute to our great TeXperts! =) – Paulo Cereda Jul 4 '11 at 17:52
  • That's a great idea! – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 4 '11 at 22:01
  • @Paulo: Nice one! Which SW did you used? – Martin Scharrer Jul 5 '11 at 12:34
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    @Martin: Thanks! I used Gimp on a Windows 7 machine, the Calibri bold font, the TeX.SX logo and this PNG plain box. =) – Paulo Cereda Jul 5 '11 at 13:29
  • According to that page, the box icon is under a “No Derivative Works” license :( – Petr Viktorin Oct 2 '11 at 1:49
  • @Petr: Terribly sorry. I redesigned the box, I think it's safe now. :-) – Paulo Cereda Oct 2 '11 at 3:00
  • I like the new box even better! It looks more like a "package" that you would get in the mail. – doncherry Oct 2 '11 at 11:17
  • Looks fantastic. – percusse Oct 2 '11 at 22:59

CTAN -- The Comprehensive TeX Archive Network


TeX Live

  • Adapted from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Logo_TeX_Live.svg. I'm happy to share the SVG version if anyone wants to change it. – Martin Scharrer Jul 13 '11 at 17:11
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    i like the idea, but the background on my screen is so dark that it's hard to read the text or see the lion. – barbara beeton Jul 14 '11 at 20:44
  • I can change the color of the lower text, but the lion is more difficult. I tried to change it to white but it doesn't look good. It's based on the 'official' logo where the lion is not visible any better :-( – Martin Scharrer Jul 14 '11 at 20:48
  • @barbara: How is it now? The lion is still very difficult to get right on this background. – Martin Scharrer Jul 21 '11 at 21:27
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    sorry i failed to notice your question earlier. the lion is still kind of wimpy, but the text is clear. good work. – barbara beeton Sep 2 '11 at 21:15

TeX.SX Meta

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    I like the design. I think it could probably do with a tagline to give at least an idea of what meta is for. – Andrew Stacey Jul 4 '11 at 12:15
  • @Andrew: thanks for the idea. I updated the logo with the text Martin used on his image. – Paulo Cereda Jul 4 '11 at 17:29
  • @Paulo: Great work also. However, please don't use my English as reference. ;-) – Martin Scharrer Jul 5 '11 at 13:31
  • @Martin: Thanks. Don't worry, at least your English is way better than my English. =P – Paulo Cereda Jul 5 '11 at 13:55
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    This ad is on the main page right now (nice!), but for me it looks a bit distorted. I guess the reason is that it doesn't follow the requirement 220 x 250 pixel. Could you bring the image to that format, @Paulo? – Hendrik Vogt Jul 6 '11 at 8:35
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    @Hendrik: I'm so sorry, I didn't noticed that! Something wrong happened when I exported to a transparent PNG, the image size was recalculated to the layer size. Now it's fixed. Thanks a million! – Paulo Cereda Jul 6 '11 at 11:09

Follow us on Twitter

  • I'm confused, what does twitter have to do with tex.SX and why do we care if people use twitter? – TH. Mar 21 '11 at 8:40
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    @th. see twitter.com/#!/stacktex – Jeff Atwood Mar 21 '11 at 11:32

UK TeX FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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    I got the ok from Robin (UK). Since the site contains text without graphics, I drafted the banner. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 4 '11 at 18:48

Lowering the entry barrier to the TeX world

  • Impressive artwork! – Paulo Cereda Jul 11 '11 at 12:25
  • @Paulo: It's not mine - this is the TeXworks icon, created by various users when the project was looking for a visual identity. It's inspired by the Mac convention that editor programs include a pen in their icon (see for example TextEdit). – Joseph Wright Jul 11 '11 at 12:41
  • Some text would help, I think. Something like "TeXWorks: a cross-platform editor"? – Alan Munn Jul 11 '11 at 16:02
  • @Alan: In the first instance, I've just added 'TeXworks' (in Computer Modern, of course). I'm a bit concerned about the size if I put too much text in – Joseph Wright Jul 11 '11 at 16:21
  • Could you fit "editor" in small caps right-aligned under "works" and aligned vertically with the E of TeX? – Alan Munn Jul 11 '11 at 16:41
  • @Alan: I've gone for centred text in version 3 - does this work? – Joseph Wright Jul 11 '11 at 16:53
  • @Joseph I've put up the version of what I had in mind. I don't know if the way I've created it is correct, though. – Alan Munn Jul 11 '11 at 18:27
  • @Alan: The way I did my ones was to take the 256 x 256 .png from the TeXworks site, resize it in The Gimp. I then made a standalone PDF file containing the TeX part, and overlaid the two in The Gimp before adding a white background layer. – Joseph Wright Jul 11 '11 at 18:43
  • I used Illustrator, but basically the same process. If you like this one, we can leave it up. – Alan Munn Jul 11 '11 at 19:12
  • @Alan: Perhaps take a look at tug.org/pipermail/texworks/2011q3/004537.html - there are some suggestions for adjustment from the developers. – Joseph Wright Jul 13 '11 at 19:43

MacTeX - TeX on Mac OS X

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    The MacTeX Lion drawing by Duane Bibby, created to celebrate the success of TeX on Mac OS X, was presented to the Grand Wizard, Don Knuth in January 2004. It's been taken for the MacTeX Logo. In agreement with Richard Koch it's used for the ad to MacTeX here. I took Latin Modern and Times Roman to write the name to come close to the usage. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 4 '11 at 21:57

Texmaker - Free cross-platform LaTeX editor

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    Image created by Pascal Brachet, the developer of Texmaker, sent to me for the ad. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 4 '11 at 22:33

DANTE e.v.


Comic Sans LaTeX ad

  • Getting Comic Sans running with LaTeX isn't straightforward, XeLaTeX might be a better choice ;) – doncherry Sep 7 '11 at 10:03
  • @doncherry: who said I used PDFTeX? In fact, I used LuaTeX. But I can assure you I used LaTeX (not TeX or ConTeXt) and it was straightforward :-) – ℝaphink Sep 7 '11 at 10:04
  • I read about your use of LuaTeX, I was referring to the advice given in the "ad". Can you give me a hint how you set up LaTeX for use with CS? – doncherry Sep 7 '11 at 10:16
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    Well, I use fontspec. The fact that it's LaTeX doesn't mean I'm using PDFTeX as the rendering engine, it just means the language used is LaTeX, which can be built with PDFTeX, XeTeX, LuaTeX... and in that specific case I used LuaTeX to make use of a system font. – ℝaphink Sep 7 '11 at 10:21
  • Credit goes to @Raphink for this great idea! I only put the text into a post-it note. =) – Paulo Cereda Sep 7 '11 at 11:03

Visit Meta.TeX.SX

  • Something quick & dirty. I actually did this with FireBug and removed some text from the HTML code of the meta site and added and placed the text by modifying the first listed question. The tags where there by chance, but I then decided to keep them because they actually fit there very well. – Martin Scharrer Jul 3 '11 at 21:33
  • Here is a shot how it would look like on the main site (done using some HTML trickery). – Martin Scharrer Jul 3 '11 at 21:55

TeX Users Group


TeX.sx Community Polls

  • Created by Paulo Cereda but posted by me due to a technical issue. Thank you very much for the image Paulo! – Martin Scharrer Jul 19 '11 at 12:50
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    Thanks a million for fixing this issue, Martin! I'm glad to help! =) – Paulo Cereda Jul 19 '11 at 15:28
  • @Paulo: No problem. It should now work again as usually. – Martin Scharrer Jul 19 '11 at 15:29
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    Please, non 3D pie charts!!! – Aditya Oct 30 '11 at 18:43
  • @PauloCereda: Can you please redo this image without 3D pie charts. – Aditya Oct 4 '12 at 17:28
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    @Aditya: Sure, I'll work on a new version. :) – Paulo Cereda Oct 4 '12 at 17:48
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    @Aditya: New image, also updated in the new thread. :) – Paulo Cereda Oct 4 '12 at 18:26

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ConTeXt User Wiki

  • What is this (other than super cool)? – Sam Nead Nov 17 '11 at 18:35
  • What is ConTeXt or the image? The image is Duane Bibby's drawing which was the logo of ConTeXt Meeting 2012 (meeting.contextgarden.net/2011) which was held in a very nice castle. The image emphasizes a mixture of TeX, MetaPost, LuaTeX, XML, MathML - the building blocks of ConTeXt. ConTeXt is a "super cool" alternative to LaTeX, capable of doing a lot more complex tricks, and with a magnificent community ... – Mojca Miklavec Dec 8 '11 at 21:04

TeX on Usenet


Stack Exchange TeX Blog

  • The blog is now also linked on the top. – Caramdir Aug 8 '11 at 16:32
  • @Caramdir: When I posted this image, the blog link wasn't there yet, I swear! =P Anyway, should I remove it? We could save the ad space. – Paulo Cereda Aug 8 '11 at 18:36
  • It appears that the link only shows up when there is a new post. – Caramdir Aug 9 '11 at 17:02

TeXShop - TeX editor and previewer for Mac OS X

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    Posted and used TeXShop logo in agreement with Richard Koch, the developer of TeXShop. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 4 '11 at 22:24

How you get TeX things done


The Communications of the TeX Users Group


LaTeXiT - Drag and drop LaTeX into anything!

  • Great artwork! :) – Paulo Cereda Nov 29 '11 at 23:18
  • Nothing to do with me. This is just the icon for the application! – qubyte Nov 30 '11 at 3:11

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