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I discovered this site by happy accident while browsing Twitter and saw a question shared by the StackExchange account.

Perhaps you should reach out a bit more and get some people from other communities? The easiest way is to post community ads, for example on this thread on Physics (There are similar threads on Math and Theoretical CS).

It should get you a nice boost in participants, plus more crossover between related communities.

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    $\begingroup$ Awesome idea; we need this. I haven't done one of these before; how can I make an ad? $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Nov 12 '14 at 21:23
  • $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 just make an image of the size mentioned in the question. $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Nov 12 '14 at 21:24
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not too tech-savvy; I honestly have no idea how to do that. Can you point me in the right direction? $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Nov 12 '14 at 21:25
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    $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 use Paint/Photoshop/GIMP/some other image editor? $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Nov 12 '14 at 21:27
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, thanks, I'll get started. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Nov 12 '14 at 21:28
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    $\begingroup$ We need to advertise something that is relevant to the history of Science and Mathematics. What would this be? $\endgroup$ – Ali Caglayan Nov 13 '14 at 1:02
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    $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 I am under the impression for "betas" there is a standard thing. See meta.math.stackexchange.com/a/12775 for a live example. And I have seen exactly that layout with changed name plenty of times. I do not know where to find this/how to get it though. Perhaps someones knows or we jsut ask a CM. $\endgroup$ – quid Nov 13 '14 at 14:40
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    $\begingroup$ Can someone with a Theoretical CS account put it on Theoretical CS? $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Jan 5 '15 at 0:58
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After some digging around on area51 I found the image I knew must exist.

Stack Exchange Q&A  beta site: History of Science and Mathematics

Putting the text below into an answer in the respective threads is all that would be needed I think (in addition to getting some votes there, then).

<a href="http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/65204/"><img src="http://area51.stackexchange.com/ads/proposal/65204.png" width="220" height="250" alt="Stack Exchange Q&A beta site: History of Science and Mathematics" /></a>

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    $\begingroup$ Something more innovative/eye-catching would be nice. These ads get shown anyway iirc. $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Nov 15 '14 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ AFAIK only proposals in commitment get shown. $\endgroup$ – quid Nov 15 '14 at 17:34
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    $\begingroup$ I've posted this image on both the Physics and Mathematics Community Ads threads; I hope it gets upvoted enough (Net score of 6). If we come up with a better one, I'll change the picture. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Jan 4 '15 at 2:47
  • $\begingroup$ Is there anything more discreet then this and that will disappear automatically after a while? If yes, I'm willing to add it to all my new answers on AskUbuntu (And I have a shipload of answers...). Tons of scientists use Ubuntu and something like that would attract attention to a bunch of new users... $\endgroup$ – Fabby Feb 26 '15 at 0:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Fabby it is kind you want to help promote the site, but I believe this form of promotion would not be appreciated, even if it were relatively discreet. $\endgroup$ – quid Feb 26 '15 at 0:38
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    $\begingroup$ Yup... Just came back in to delete my comment as I got some feed-back from thet chat room that it would be a bad idea... (but now leaving it where it is as you've already said the same thing!) ;-) $\endgroup$ – Fabby Feb 26 '15 at 0:44
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I've made a rudimentary ad in Paint:

The figure is Archimedes, based on pizza's comment here. I modified this file. I was going to use this, but it's copyrighted.

I'll use this ad to replace the temporary one we have at the moment.

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  • $\begingroup$ on the subject of Archimedes someone should draw like blood splattered circles with the text HSM on it. $\endgroup$ – tox123 Mar 27 '16 at 21:33

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