Fully launched StackExchange sites can show community ads for anything their community chooses. There are premade templates for ads for Area51 proposals:

area51 ad http://area51.stackexchange.com/ads/proposal/61013.png

but they're perhaps not the best for betas, since they still say "proposal" and are pretty generic. Is the premade one good enough? Or does anyone have something they'd like to offer up as an ad for any sites interested in advertising for coffee?

For example, text on a simple image can look good. Here's one from space:

space community ad

Here are the 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
  • Are you thinking of posting these anywhere other than Seasoned Advice? (I'm trying to think of other graduated sites that would be interested in hosting these, but coming up rather short.)
    – hairboat
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 16:40
  • @abbyhairboat I'm personally just asking because of Seasoned Advice, but figured it was at least possible another site might want it.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 17:06
  • I agree with you - great fit for SA and maybe someone else will get interested. (Programmers love coffee...)
    – hairboat
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 17:13
  • I should say that initially I wasn't too wild about advertising for coffee on cooking because coffee has always been on topic there and the proposal was unlaunched (and the area51 ad got downvoted), but I think now that it's in beta and the ad will be sending people somewhere they can actually ask questions, it's a reasonable thing to do.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 17:17

4 Answers 4


Yes, this size will work fine, and it'll look nicer on high-dpi screens.

enter image description here

  • 4
    Nice work. I like this.
    – hairboat
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 17:13
  • Awesome, thanks! I'll wait a bit to see if anyone else comes up with anything then post this as a candidate on cooking.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 17:19
  • @Jefromi I was a bit cheeky and already posted it on programmers.
    – fredley
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 19:58
  • Awesome! Any more ideas? Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 1:08
  • @PythonMaster Sites aren't really going to show more than one ad for a given target, so unless fredley comes up with something you like even more than this (and whatever others post), a second ad probably won't get used.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 5:10
  • @fredley The community-driven advertisements/bulletins have to be at least roughly aligned with the topic of the community. This advertisement is not appropriate for Programmers SE. Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 14:57
  • @RobertCartaino Fair enough. I thought anything that was of interest to the community was fair game (especially given their logo is a coffee cup!)
    – fredley
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 15:58
  • 1
    Posted on cooking! meta.cooking.stackexchange.com/a/2042/1672
    – Cascabel
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 17:36
  • Could you edit this to change "coffee.se" to "coffee se"? Apparently that's the preferred form.
    – Cascabel
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 20:12
  • @Jefromi Is it? Can you point me to a source for that?
    – fredley
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 20:15
  • Yeah, so it doesn't look like a Swedish domain name. (Although in this case coffee.se seems to not exist, so maybe it doesn't matter as much?) meta.health.stackexchange.com/questions/306/…
    – Cascabel
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 20:18
  • just saw this. I love it.
    – Jin
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 15:25
  • @Jin Cheers! SE should totally get a stencil made (I'm pretty sure you can do it with lasers), so that this shop can become a reality. Potential future top user swag?
    – fredley
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 15:59
  • @fredley that's a great idea!
    – Jin
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 16:45
  • Would you be able to update this for the new ad size? (300 x 250 pixels, or 600 x 500 pixels for retina) Cooking would probably take it again: meta.cooking.stackexchange.com/q/2152/1672
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 3:32

I dabbled some.

enter image description here

  • Pedantic note: the anti-aliasing on the text could be a little sharper. The edges look a bit jagged to me.
    – fredley
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 9:37
  • How is your picture so big?! Mine is like 220 by 250. Your is like 1000 by 1000! Same goes to @fredley. Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 23:11
  • @PythonMaster Look at what fredley linked to at the top of the answer, or meta.stackexchange.com/questions/248622/…
    – Cascabel
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 1:21

How about coffee beans with a magnifying glass? This could connote the metaphor of examining coffee more closely. Here's an example from Shutterstock of what I'm talking about, because I'm not much of a photographer.


Image is by some SE Meta user Attribution://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/138755/stack-overflow-mug

  • Should support CR, Programmers, StackOverflow. Attribution is there in the alt= text.
    – qedk
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 10:50
  • While it is possible to make the image double resolution, this isn't the right ratio, so I don't think it'll work.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 15:57
  • The requirement is 0.88, my one is close to 1.33. Not even close. xD
    – qedk
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 16:57

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