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The privileges page says

What is reduced advertisements?

As a courtesy to our avid users, we automatically disable some ads when they reach this reputation level.

How do I know it's working?

After you achieve this privilege, the two "leaderboard" style ads will be automatically suppressed from question pages when you are logged in.

Except for stackoverflow.com I have never seen leaderboard ads.

Why is this privilege listed anywhere else?


EDIT

A specific example I had in mind is http://judaism.stackexchange.com . As shown in gnat's screenshot, there is a 'reduce ads' privilege, yet no ads to be reduced.

I just looked up other Beta site and it looks like only http://judaism.stackexchange.com has this privilege. I don't know why it has it while say, http://history.stackexchange.com/privileges http://bricks.stackexchange.com/privileges http://travel.stackexchange.com/privileges do not.

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Are you using an ad blocker? –  Oded Jan 18 '12 at 20:25
    
@Oded no ()()()() –  Shmuel Brin Jan 18 '12 at 20:27
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The ads exist on ServerFault as well, but not SuperUser. At least, I don't see any, and I don't have anything blocking them. –  Brandon Jan 18 '12 at 20:28
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Most of the sites don't have ads like this, but the general theory is that they will when they reach the appropriate size. The privilege works the same way on all sites, so there's no need to customize it. –  Matthew Read Jan 18 '12 at 20:51
    
@MatthewRead I don't think any Beta sites have ads, so why do they have this privilege? –  Shmuel Brin Jan 18 '12 at 20:52
    
@Shmuel Like I said, hopefully they will have ads later, so why bother to do the work to customize them? It doesn't hurt anything. –  Matthew Read Jan 18 '12 at 20:56
    
@MatthewRead privilege on Beta is different than that of the final site. –  Shmuel Brin Jan 18 '12 at 21:05
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To see the difference, logout from a Stack Exchange site, and see the difference. –  kiamlaluno Jan 18 '12 at 21:07
    
@kiamlaluno Except for stackoverflow.com I have never seen leaderboard ads. –  Shmuel Brin Jan 18 '12 at 22:32
    
@ShmuelBrill I have seen those ads in other sites too, but I cannot say if something has been changed in the while. It could be those ads are less frequently seen, nowadays, but I don't have any evidence that is true. The sites where I should see them are also the sites that I visit very rarely. –  kiamlaluno Jan 18 '12 at 22:36

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I just tested how things look for unprivileged users at SO.

There's an ad for Careers displayed when I am logged out. This ad disappears when I log in and let my reputation take care of that privilege:

http://i.stack.imgur.com/OVaPK.jpg

At ServerFault it was even easier to test: with my less-than-200 rep there this ad is visible when I am logged in.

http://i.stack.imgur.com/JhABz.png

At SuperUser though the ad is not displayed. Per discussion in comments to the question it looks like general theory is that ads will appear when sites reach the appropriate size.


update

At judaism reduce ads is displayed while ads aren't there. This looks like a bug to me.

http://i.stack.imgur.com/Qep7z.jpg

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I know. My question is about other sites (and even more so Beta) –  Shmuel Brin Jan 18 '12 at 22:25
    
@ShmuelBrill At ServerFault it was even easier to test: with my less-than-200 rep there this ad is visible when I am logged in. Looks like as Matthew noted in comments to your question, general theory is that ads will appear when sites reach the appropriate size –  gnat Jan 18 '12 at 22:27
    
Beta will never reach that size. So why does Beta have this privilege? –  Shmuel Brin Jan 18 '12 at 22:31
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@ShmuelBrill Beta? I don't follow sorry. I just checked money.stackexchange.com/privileges and area51.stackexchange.com/privileges - none lists reduce ads to me –  gnat Jan 18 '12 at 22:39
    
@gnat They're on the non-beta Home Improvement or Science Fiction & Fantasy either. MSO might be the only site without ads which has the privilege. –  Jeremy Banks Jan 18 '12 at 23:28
    
@gnat judaism.stackexchange.com/privileges –  Shmuel Brin Jan 18 '12 at 23:46
    
@ShmuelBrill indeed - thanks! I updated the answer with screen shot showing the bug at judaism –  gnat Jan 19 '12 at 6:23
    
I don't usually consider ads to be true ads if they're from the same organization/company, so unless they're "loud" (blinking, bright yellow, etc.) it's no big deal - especially if they're good, like SO's jobs. It's a feature! –  Lizz Nov 6 '12 at 8:57

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