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One of my favorite things about SO is the easily-scannable layout, a masterpiece of tech Q&A design.

The layout is marred by ads.

Will there be a paid version without ads?

Sorry if this has been asked -- I searched but couldn't find anything like that.

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If you have enoguh reputation, you see just one ad in the whole page, in the sidebar. –  Javier Badia Sep 29 '10 at 18:24
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Precisely -- you just need two more upvotes, and they're gone. –  balpha Sep 29 '10 at 18:27
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So yes, paid for in contributions worth upvoting. ;) –  Bill the Lizard Sep 29 '10 at 18:28
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Or, for the low, low price of US$50, I'll award you a +200 rep bounty, which will practically guarantee you a reduced-ad experience for the rest of your time on Stack Overflow! Act now, and it'll also be worth +100 rep on every other Stack Exchange site. Please remit payment to: Legitimate Business, 123 Fake Street, Springfield, USA. –  Pops Sep 29 '10 at 18:39
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I'll do it for U$S 40 –  jmfsg Sep 29 '10 at 18:40
    
Fantastic! SO: also a masterpiece of tech Q&A game-mechanics design. (I suppose that mostly renders my question moot, unless anyone cares to chime in.) Thanks for the responses, especially with the personalized research, @balpha. –  mikeh Sep 29 '10 at 18:41
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I'll do it for $100. My points are worth more than Pop and Juan's. –  user27414 Sep 29 '10 at 18:41
    
@PD and @Juan -- nice ;) It's tempting. –  mikeh Sep 29 '10 at 18:42
    
BTW - you have > 200 rep. you're welcome. –  user27414 Sep 29 '10 at 18:43
    
It's $10 for 2 upvotes -- on sale. –  jmfsg Sep 29 '10 at 18:44
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Not unless someone downvotes him 3 times @Jon, he should pay "protection money" now –  jmfsg Sep 29 '10 at 18:45
    
@Juan - Gee, I sure hope no one flags a bunch of your posts as offensive. That would be a real shame. –  user27414 Sep 29 '10 at 18:46
    
It should be mentioned that not all of the adds go away. There is still 1 (or 2) side adds left. –  jjnguy Sep 29 '10 at 19:06
    
@Jon (and I suspect other anonymous angel(s)) -- I'll do my best to play the part. Thanks!! @Juan I knew I'd only be able to avoid the SO Mafia for so long... –  mikeh Sep 29 '10 at 19:33

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

From the http://stackoverflow.com/faq

Amass enough reputation points and Stack Overflow will allow you to go beyond simply asking and answering questions:

200 - Reduced advertising

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Just install adblock and recommended filters. That'll get rid of all ads on SO except the self-promotion ads, which can be quite annoying.

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I'd rather keep the add supported websites around. Nothing good in this (technology) world is free. (Save very few exceptions) –  jjnguy Sep 30 '10 at 2:01
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that's nice of you, but people in general don't want to waste their attention. –  OTZ Sep 30 '10 at 2:42

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