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I never knew that SO displayed ads until today. A few minutes ago I opened the Stack Overflow website in IE7 and was surprised to see an ad banner on top of a question. I've been using Chrome for over a year and never needed to move back to IE.

In Chrome, I don't have any extensions like AdBlocker or something installed on my system, so why haven't I ever seen ad banners on top of questions before? Do the developers themselves detect the browser and shows ad accordingly or what? What's the story behind this?

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Maybe you're logged in with Chrome, but not Internet Explorer? You've earned the reduced ads privilege on SO. –  lunboks Nov 9 '11 at 19:31
    
ohh k....thanks mate.....thats a great thing done by this team....ya i wasnt logged in on IE :P –  Pankaj Upadhyay Nov 9 '11 at 19:39

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Presumably you've always been logged in in Chrome, and, since you have over 200 reputation on Stack Overflow, you are shown reduced advertisements.

In IE7, you would have seen all of the additional advertisements that visitors who are not logged in or have very low reputation see.

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ohh k....thanks mate.....thats a great thing done by this team....ya i wasnt logged in on IE :P –  Pankaj Upadhyay Nov 9 '11 at 19:39

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