I just noticed this ad on SO. I thought Microsoft had some bias against advertising on SO.

Microsoft Web Camp

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Why would Microsoft have this bias? –  Jay Riggs May 13 '10 at 18:47
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Don't click through unless you want to have a headache after wards: superuser.com/questions/15798/worst-web-site-design-ever/… –  Earlz May 13 '10 at 18:48
    
@ccornet: keep in mind your link is not Microsoft actually doing the advertising, it's QBS. Not that I'm saying the original question is correct about the alleged bias, just that your link doesn't add argument against it. –  Randolpho May 13 '10 at 18:51
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@Earlz: aaagh.. I clicked, and now my brain asplode. –  Randolpho May 13 '10 at 18:53
    
@Earlz: how many people do you think clicked just because you said not to? My head hurts... –  IAbstract May 14 '10 at 0:03
    
@dbo I'm hoping a lot :D –  Earlz May 14 '10 at 0:21
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Here is the likely source for your thoughts:
http://joelonsoftware.com/items/2009/12/13.html

Read down near the end where he quotes their "ad guy", Alex Papadimoulis. Then read Alex' response to my comment on his answer here for clarification:
http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/47312/same-ad-displayed-3-times-in-one-screen/47495#47495

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Thanks Joel, that's what I was thinking about. Obviously their marketer changed their mind or they got a different marketer. –  C. Ross May 14 '10 at 12:17
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Microsoft seems to consider StackOverflow to be a VERY GOOD THING, because it helps their users and developers find answers without costing them anything. One of the ways they show this is by counting SO participation when giving out MVP awards.

In fact, MSDN searches are now even returning Stack Overflow results.

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-us?query=mantissa

I think that's awesome. Sometimes imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but sometimes just acknowledging someone else does it better is an even stronger form of praise.

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+1 for microsoft, this is a good thing for msdn search and SO. –  Louis May 25 '12 at 4:36
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