In a recent post on the official Stack Overflow blog, Laura raised a good point about promoting the various activities, chat events and whatnot by using community ads (BTW kudos to Laura for dedicating half of the post to us!). The SE team has historically opposed using system messages to do this, and Laura mentions using the community ads system instead.

Note: The proper method of promotion for these community-inspired initiatives is each site’s meta, or (if the site is graduated) by generating community ads. System messages are inappropriate for announcing a recurring event and should be reserved for truly important, rare occurrences like moderator elections or site maintenance.

Unfortunately, since we're still in beta, we don't have our own community ads. We only have the permanent banner that ask the users to help grow the site, with links to various social services that are probably very seldom clicked. Instead, we could use this space to promote the various activities and involve more of the users into the site governance.

The official statement follows:

O almighty Stack Exchange overlords, blessed be Your Names, deliver us from low view counts, closed questions and political discussions, and grant us our very own community ads, to nurture and grow with community love and attention. In return, we will mention Ye in our morning and/or evening prayers to <deity/ies of choice>, and vaguely promise You a beverage should you find Yourselves in a location close to our current residences.

In other words -- give us them community ads. I see at least a few possibilities to use them:

I realize this would be some extra work for the SE staff, but I think it would be worth it if we manage to engage more of our current infrequent users in the site, and increase their level of activity in both asking and answering questions.

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Thanks for doing this. We're following your lead over at Mi Yodeya: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/546/… –  Isaac Moses Dec 16 '11 at 19:43
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I've also put in a request at MSO to give this to all betas. –  Isaac Moses Dec 16 '11 at 20:21
    
@IsaacMoses: Great! I'll post this on our chat to give it some more visibility –  mindcorrosive Dec 16 '11 at 20:37
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The proper place to follow up on this is at

http://meta.stackoverflow.com/a/116286

which Isaac helpfully created.

(also, don't use the required tag on this question, it is only supposed to be used by moderators on actual community promotion questions.)

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Our SE overlords implemented the Community Bulletin BoxTM thingie (that would be the yellow-ish box in the top right of the main page) some weeks ago, and this largely does what I had in mind.

Mods: seems you have the power to fiddle with this thing, use it wisely.

See this post on Meta.SO for more information.

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