The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads!

What are Community Promotion Ads?

Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will show up on the main site, in the right sidebar. The purpose of this question is the vetting process. Images of the advertisements are provided, and community voting will enable the advertisements to be shown.

Why do we have Community Promotion Ads?

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. This also serves as a way to promote information and resources that are relevant to your own community's interests, both for those already in the community and those yet to join.

Why do we reset the ads every year?

Some services will maintain usefulness over the years, while other things will wane to allow for new faces to show up. Resetting the ads every year helps accommodate this, and allows old ads that have served their purpose to be cycled out for fresher ads for newer things. This helps keep the material in the ads relevant to not just the subject matter of the community, but to the current status of the community. We reset the ads once a year, every December.

The community promotion ads have no restrictions against reposting an ad from a previous cycle. If a particular service or ad is very valuable to the community and will continue to be so, it is a good idea to repost it. It may be helpful to give it a new face in the process, so as to prevent the imagery of the ad from getting stale after a year of exposure.

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. In addition to enabling the functionality of the advertisements, this tag also pre-fills the answer form with the above required form.

Image requirements

  • The image that you create must be 220 x 250 pixels (or 440 x 500 pixels for high-resolution displays)
  • 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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  • This is a fantastic tool! Thanks! – MrMas Feb 12 '16 at 21:22

TeX Live

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CTAN -- The Comprehensive TeX Archive Network

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  • The A-N kerning gets me, though. – Simon Kuang Aug 4 '15 at 21:32
  • It does look a tad tight, but this is the official logo. – Sean Allred Aug 4 '15 at 21:54


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  • I know it's not a sentence, but "examples resources for TeX users" seems incomplete. What about "examples & resource for TeX users"? – Werner Mar 20 '15 at 3:02
  • @Werner You are right, should be improved, I'll see when I can do it. – Stefan Kottwitz Mar 20 '15 at 13:22

2D and 3D Plots with LaTeX

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TeX Users Group

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texdoc - TeX Documentation Tool in TeX Live

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    I wish more people knew about this tool… didn't think to make it a community promotion ad! :) – Sean Allred Feb 7 '15 at 1:51

arara -- The cool TEX automation tool

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    The link leads to a site that does not explain very well why arara is as cool as it claims to be. At least the site could be cooler: First, one has to scroll down to read about arara. Second, the only example on the main page is that you can write % arara: pdflatex at the top of your file, and then arara will run pdflatex on your document. That's not impressive... – jarauh Oct 24 '15 at 14:31

Overleaf: Free online collaborative LaTeX editor with real-time PDF preview

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The Communications of the TeX Users Group

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MikTeX - a TeX distribution for Windows


List of Tex Frequently Asked Questions on the Web


ConTeXt User Wiki

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Using LaTeX to Write a Ph.D Thesis by Nicola Talbot

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DANTE e.v.

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  • Continuing blogging in 2015 with new motivation. :-) – Stefan Kottwitz Jan 5 '15 at 14:50

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Minimal Working Example(MWE)

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    I don't think that this is very instructive. My guess is that people will copy this preamble for their MWEs and still won't start to think about which packages are actually needed (Also this "MWE" doesn't make use of any of the packages). – Henri Menke Feb 11 '15 at 9:08
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    @HenriMenke : I don't know if you have clicked on the advt it leads to the more detailed explanation and details of making an MWE clearly I've just been asked to write a minimal example, what is that?. My example code of MWE is just a cut down example to accomodate in a small advt that shows widely used packages and commands to debug an error in LaTeX or make an MWE. you are free to add/modify the community wiki advt to add value and make it instructive. The final goal is to convey the idea of making an MWE to help in debugging LaTeX,thats all. – texenthusiast Feb 12 '15 at 3:20
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    I am sorry but... the blue MWE is barely recognizable on the red background. I did click into it but that is because I can seldom see What the Heck on this site. This happened even before I saw WME. (If it is your purpose, ignore me...) – Symbol 1 Feb 16 '15 at 15:28
  • here you are. MBPR, Yosemite, Chrome v40. – Symbol 1 Feb 26 '15 at 1:55
  • I did not see any of these ads today. (Instead I saw ads about questions on other .sx.) But this is for your second requirement. – Symbol 1 Mar 1 '15 at 3:34
  • The example is not a minimal working example. It is only working! – user2478 Sep 21 '15 at 7:20

CervanTeX - Spanish TeX Users Group

  • CervanTeX is the spanish ("hispanohablantes") TeX user group – Ignasi Jan 8 '15 at 19:20
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    Would it be possible to make that clearer? Or would it be clear to Spanish speakers? i.e. to people who don't know the group but do understand Spanish? – cfr Jan 13 '15 at 3:23
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    @cfr Excuse me but I don't understand the question. CervanTeX is the Spanish TeX user group, just like Dante (with an advertisement also in this list) or GuIT are for German and Italian. They have a web page with some information, a mail list, organize activities, membership, ... everything addressed to Spanish speakers/readers. – Ignasi Jan 13 '15 at 8:32
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    I just meant: would that be obvious from the ad? It is not obvious to me, but, then, I don't speak Spanish so that's irrelevant. – cfr Jan 13 '15 at 14:00
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    @cfr I understand. Probably you're right, it's not obvious from its logo. But an spanish speaker understand (or at least could be intrigued with) the mix between Cervantes and TeX. – Ignasi Jan 13 '15 at 14:25
  • IMHO one of the most clever ads I've ever seen. :) I'm so gonna write TeX code and tilt at windmills. :) – Paulo Cereda Jan 25 '15 at 9:33
  • @cfr, The Don Quijote crazy idealism linked with the creeping realism of Sancho Panza is not in our culture, but in our genome. Cervantes mean Spanish literature and way of being of Spaniards as well. The halberd as fountain pen and Sancho Panza as ... a inkwell (?) only reinforce the message. What could be not clear about this logo for some Spanish speakers is .... why Don Quijote is a kindly lion and what the hell is TeX? – Fran May 23 '15 at 11:12

The LaTeX community is on Reddit!

  • Source published as a gist – feel free to submit edits. Image is exactly 440x500 pixels per the MSE discussion. – Sean Allred Mar 7 '15 at 16:00
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    I doubt majority of people know the reddit logo, maybe some text could be added. – yo' Mar 7 '15 at 17:43
  • @yo' Good point. What do you think of the above? I'm unsure about having /r/ be a new color, but it's what I had in a previous design (when www.reddit.com wasn't included). What do you think? Could either get rid of the darker blue of make LaTeX the same darker blue. (The gist has been updated if you want to play around.) – Sean Allred Mar 7 '15 at 18:58
  • This way it looks a bit like that /r/ is of some significance, which is proobably not the case. But I'm not sure what would be better, so let's leave it be :) – yo' Mar 7 '15 at 19:44

Follow us on Twitter

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  • This is a demonstration post to indicate how this should look when an ad is posted. It also doubles as your twitter ad, but it's up to you if you wish to promote it by voting. – Grace Note Jan 1 '15 at 3:22

A Persian Q&A site for TeX, LaTeX, and friends

  • For a moment I thought that this was about writing nastaliq in TeX. – WYSIWYG Jul 4 '15 at 15:10
  • @WYSIWYG, Ha ha! – Vahid Damanafshan Jul 5 '15 at 5:10

TeXworks editor - Lowering the entry barrier to the TeX world

  • "The TeXworks project development has been generously supported by TUG’s TeX development fund and its contributors, and by UK-TUG to lower the entry barrier to the TeX world" – texenthusiast Jan 22 '15 at 3:40

LaTeX Community

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Publication quality figure labels with LaTeX and Mathematica

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Tex.SE Community Blog

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    To promote a blog that have not been updated for 3 months (and if one ignores a congratulation post — for 7 months) seems strange – Grigory M Jan 2 '15 at 11:38
  • @GrigoryM: Now there is a new post. :-) – Martin Schröder Jan 4 '15 at 0:17

ShareLaTeX, online editor

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