We're excited to announce that Gearset will be sponsoring the Salesforce Stack Exchange site for the upcoming year, as a part of our site sponsorship program and after successful experiences on both our Quantum Computing and Artificial Intelligence sites, as well as Server Fault, more recently.
If this is the first time you've heard about site sponsorships, you're likely to have questions — to reiterate some of the clarifications we've made on the previous posts surrounding this site sponsorship program:
How will the sponsorship be displayed?
The sponsorship will be shown in top right of the header of the site in a manner that's similar to how you can see Octopus Deploy's sponsorship on Server Fault. Clicking on the banner will lead you to this page, where you can get access to Gearset's 2021's "The State of Salesforce DevOps" report.
What else changes?
That's easy: absolutely nothing.
Quoting from the MSE post linked in the introduction:
First — sponsors do not own these Q&A sites. Sponsors work alongside our communities who ultimately build these sites. Communities ask the questions; communities create the tags; communities conduct elections as they do now, and we are not renaming our current sites like a garish sport stadium to the highest bidder. Any ads a sponsor submits still have go through our crazy-strict ad editorial process… as it has always been. Companies do not have access to personal data, and all Q&A content remains irrevocably licensed under Creative Commons for sharing and attribution.
Sponsorships are a tool that our clients can use to let folks who would be interested in their products know about them.
When does this start? How long does it last?
The exact launch date is July 1st, 2021. The sponsorship period last for a year from the date we go live, so it'll last until June 30th, 2022.
(Update: This sponsorship has been extended to September 30th, 2023.)
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