Okay, maybe this is a minor nit and doesn't affect anybody else, but I end up on the Careers page at least 10 times a day because the image expands and resizes after the page has started loading. If you never show ads there that are of a different size, can we please fix the dimensions of those ads so that the HTML doesn't adjust vertically as the images render?
When I'm navigating around Stack Overflow I click on the "Questions" tab in the main nav. Then I click on my "favorite tag" link on the right. When the page first loads, this tag is near the top, but if I don't click fast enough, the careers ad (usually, or some other ad in some cases) expands and loads into its place, and that's where my click goes. It is not a deal-breaker but it is frustrating.
I'm going to label this as a bug though it is probably by design that the content could support any height of ad. In the short term if all the ads are the same size I think
<div id="hireme"> could have a hard-coded height so that the content doesn't jump around to accommodate the image(s) as they load in.
To show the actual symptom for those who can't reproduce it, here is how the questions page looks when I initially load it:
Sometimes I try to click that [tag:sql-server*] under "Favorite Tags" too quickly. By the time my click registers, here is what the actual sidebar looks like:
Is there any way (since it sounds like we can't assign dimensions to these ads) that the Favorite Tags div could be moved above the ad? I understand the goal of advertising but I also understand how inadvertent clicks contributing to an inflated click-through count is not helpful either.
The workaround of course is to be more patient and wait for the page to fully render.