@Roflcopter just pointed out http://judaism.stackexchange.com/ which has a big "Topic Challenge" banner at the top. We like the idea - how would this be possible to configure for Travel.SE?

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Turns out to be a System Message. Case Closed.

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What does that mean - only our SE overlords can send it? –  Ankur Banerjee Dec 8 '11 at 3:58
    
Apparently it's a moderator ability... –  Mark Mayo Dec 8 '11 at 4:50
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Please note that the system message that Judaism puts up is an abuse of that functionality. They've been asked not to use it for their weekly topic challenge; system messages were designed for rare but important announcements like moderator elections, planned site down time, etc. - not for weekly events. –  Laura Dec 8 '11 at 21:39
    
ah...blast. So is there any other way to have something like that, aside from simply making a post in meta? –  Mark Mayo Dec 8 '11 at 22:37
    
And when do you think we should start with it? –  RoflcoptrException Dec 9 '11 at 22:59
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@MarkMayo Not at the moment, but since a lot of sites have expressed a need for some sort of announcement tool other than the system message, we're discussing options for what we can build. It'll probably be a while before there's any new tool, so for now, your best bet is to make a meta post and a chat event. –  Laura Dec 15 '11 at 16:42
    
Sweet, that's what I've done as a test for the next few days. Thanks. –  Mark Mayo Dec 15 '11 at 18:39

As Mark Mayo pointed out, it is a System Message. Since we shouldn't use this, how about using an Event? Events are also displayed on the main site.

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