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Here is the ad:

Some (including myself) have found the ad to be somewhat offensive (it's quite weird to say the least). Though I recognize the symbolic nature of the ad (staying at home yet working at the same time), the baby looks quite old (especially to still be wearing diapers).

What's worse is the fact that this ad seems to convey that children can be ignored while parents are occupied with something else (very poor timing considering Jeff Atwood's farewell notice).

Not only that but the child is right next to (what appears to be) the power cables for the two PCs - a serious electrical shock hazard.

Could we maybe make some adjustments to the ad?

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Its definitely weird, although I wouldn't go so far as to say "offensive". But as a big brother of three, all of the stuff mentioned in your third paragraph just makes me shudder, and I'm sure it must be worse for parents. :S –  jrg Feb 17 '12 at 19:48
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Yeah, "offensive" is probably too strong. "Objectionable" or "poor taste" might be better. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Feb 17 '12 at 19:49
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The real problem is the inconsistent lighting and the shared 40 on the desk. Who shares 40's, seriously? –  NickLarsen Feb 17 '12 at 19:52
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I thought they were using the babby as a power strip. BOOM! There you go, now it's offensive. –  Bill the Lizard Feb 17 '12 at 19:52
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The baby and parents do not caste shadows.. Am I to understand only vampire couples with offspring get the convince of working from home? However the ad makes much more sense if you take the position that they are vampires.... just saying.. –  rlemon Feb 17 '12 at 19:55
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Also, why the cruelty.. Give the baby his toys, don't place them just out of reach. –  rlemon Feb 17 '12 at 19:56
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@rlemon: Maybe the parents and the baby are the light sources. As an Illuminous-American, I find your assumption that everyone without a shadow is a vampire to be offensive! –  David Feb 17 '12 at 20:00
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It's a creative ad. Obviously Stack Exchange isn't advocating caged children with no shadows. It's just showing that you an work from home where you might have one of these. It's an advert not an instruction manual. –  Marco Ceppi Feb 17 '12 at 20:00
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The real problem is the dude is using a mouse with his left hand...and therefore is obviously a witch. /cc: @MattSherman –  Jason Punyon Feb 17 '12 at 20:00
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Sometimes an ad is just an ad. –  user149432 Feb 17 '12 at 20:02
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@Mark Trapp: Take your reasonable debate elsewhere, sir. Perhaps Iceland. –  Jason Punyon Feb 17 '12 at 20:06
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the baby suffers from Gigantism –  rlemon Feb 17 '12 at 20:22
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@rlemon: The man is casting a shadow. The woman does not because women don't cast shadows. The baby is a half breed, and so only casts them during the brightest part of the day. And they sparkle. –  Won't Feb 17 '12 at 20:42
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I really wish I had the rep to downvote you for taking this far far far too seriously - I often put my children in a box under the stairs next to the fusebox and they seem just fine... –  WebweaverD Feb 17 '12 at 22:13
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I really wish I could downvote comments. –  rlemon Feb 17 '12 at 22:56
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up vote 13 down vote accepted

We took the ad down. Thanks for your prompt feedback. To that end, do you have any creative ideas that we could use?

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I liked that ad. –  Marco Ceppi Feb 17 '12 at 20:03
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I think tweaking the ad a bit would suffice. Remove the baby from the 'cage' and put him/her in a highchair next to mom (or something similar). Make the bottle look less like alcohol. Give them shadows (although not important if the shadow impaired wish to use the service). –  rlemon Feb 17 '12 at 20:05
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Yes, maybe the baby should look less ignored - a highchair would be a lot better. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Feb 17 '12 at 20:06
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A high chair with a built-in computer, which the baby is using? –  David Feb 17 '12 at 20:08
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After some thinking, I can see George's point somewhat. The message the illustration conveys is a bit weird. George is also totally entitled to express his views here. However, I think it's a huge mistake to take it down because of this Meta question. It's a nicely executed ad and it's up and running, and if there's some community feedback you can change the ad, but don't take it down because a few people express their dismay. If you create that precedent, you will find that somebody will try to shoot down every ad that isn't completely boring. Please don't do this. –  Pëkka Feb 17 '12 at 20:40
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I think the baby should be gnawing on the computer wires under the desk. That's what they normally do, right? –  Won't Feb 17 '12 at 20:41
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@Won't Until they figure out scissors. –  Adam Davis Feb 17 '12 at 21:04
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I think the baby should be working too. Babies are so lazy. –  Jay Riggs Feb 17 '12 at 23:15
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As a general rule, you probably shouldn't ask a question to the community in your answer to another person's question. If you want feedback, you should post that as a separate question to meta so that you can take advantage of the tools inherent to all posts on the Stack Exchange network (upvoting, accepted answers, tags, etc). –  casperOne Feb 18 '12 at 1:14
    
@alison - If we come up with a really clever idea do we get free stackOverflow swag? PrettyPLEASE :)! –  Adel Mar 16 '12 at 20:23
    
I have an idea: a dude/tte sitting under a waterfall of little blocks with 1's and 0's on them. At the top of the water is a stack-looking object coming out of a tunnel . I should draw it? –  Adel Mar 16 '12 at 20:28
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It's back up now... meta.stackexchange.com/q/198462/191410 –  JDB Sep 26 '13 at 16:37
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As a father of (the world's cutest) 2 year old little girl, I have to say that I didn't find the ad offensive in the least. It's fairly obvious what the point was, and it was cleverly executed. Though I did find it pretty inaccurate. Working from home with a child in the house is simply impossible if you're any kind of responsible parent.

If you really want to get the work-from-home point across, and have it appeal to developers, tweak the ad and have a guy sitting in his boxers on the couch, with a laptop in front of him. Who the hell wears a tucked-in polo shirt when working from home? That was the only potentially offensive part of the ad.

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put the kid to work. "Here johnny, lick these envelopes for the next two hours" –  rlemon Feb 17 '12 at 20:11
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"Here johnny, clean up this data layer a bit - previous developer liked to select n + 1 for some reason" –  Adam Rackis Feb 17 '12 at 20:12
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@AdamRackis You should realize that Johnny was the one to write it that way the first time. Toddlers often had a hard time with a zero referenced system, especially if you started them out in basic (which I consider a severe instance of child abuse, and can only hope you haven't made that particular mistake). –  Adam Davis Feb 17 '12 at 20:26
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@AdamD - Worry not, I'm starting my daughter out with Ruby / JavaScript. By the time she grows up I anticipate the corporate world will be a more mature place—less dependent on heavy frameworks. –  Adam Rackis Feb 17 '12 at 20:28
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And here I thought I had the world's cutest 2 year old girl. Are we gonna have to have a cute-off? ;) –  gnostradamus Feb 17 '12 at 20:28
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@AdamRackis I have notified the Family and Children Services that you have been teaching your kids Ruby. looks away in disgust –  rlemon Feb 17 '12 at 20:32
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THUNDERDOME! –  Adam Davis Feb 17 '12 at 20:32
    
@rlemon - I'm a career C# developer. But my god, Ruby is a beautiful language. –  Adam Rackis Feb 17 '12 at 20:33
    
@AdamD - explain? –  Adam Rackis Feb 17 '12 at 20:33
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I don't think it was offensive, but damn, that is a strange (and by strange, I mean really strange) ad. –  casperOne Feb 17 '12 at 20:42
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looks at his PHP code he is currently working on.. I really can't comment. :P –  rlemon Feb 17 '12 at 20:52
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@AdamRackis I'm sure you missing it had nothing to do with me editing the link in later... (>_>) –  Adam Davis Feb 17 '12 at 21:03
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@AdamRackis I keep what's left of my sanity in a jar at home. It's way too risky bringing that stuff to work... –  Adam Davis Feb 17 '12 at 21:10
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As someone who works full-time from home, I agree (especially about the boxers) - with the big caveat that your "impossible" line obviously only applies if you are actually meant to be the responsible adult. Sounds pedantic, but didn't come across in the answer - someone has to properly look after little-one, sure. –  Marc Gravell Feb 18 '12 at 10:22
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I agree the ad is cryptic. We need to make it more photorealistic! d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/3449066_460s.jpg –  Pëkka Mar 20 '12 at 10:41
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