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There are no ads on Meta. At least I don't see any, and I don't use AdBlock. So, I don't see point of this privilege.

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There are ads on the big three (SO, SF, and SU). Which site are you looking at? – mmyers May 5 '11 at 17:35
@mmyers, the link is to MSO's privileges page, so I'd guess MSO. – Pops May 5 '11 at 18:02
What exactly are you suggesting? We should see more ads? No thanks. – user27414 May 5 '11 at 18:26 Weird... – xfix May 5 '11 at 18:53
@Glitch you're right: Meta doesn't have ads. You have a point with this. Although it's a minor glitch really, the privilege is probably in the core engine somehow and the team didn't think it important enough to remove here. I agree with that – Pëkka May 5 '11 at 19:12
@GlitchMr: I was wondering who was the other Opera user around here ;o) Cheers! – Piskvor May 5 '11 at 21:26

Based on the link you start off with, I'm guessing you're talking about Meta Stack Overflow. And you're right, Meta Stack Overflow has no ads, for anyone. (Because who the heck would pay to advertise here, anyways? The Waffle House Abandoned Unicorn Sanctuary?) In fact, back in the day, the "reduced ads" rep was set to 1 here, even though it was 200 on all the other sites. Since it's impossible to go below 1 rep, that meant there were no ads for anyone.

However, the MSO privileges page was eventually turned into the template page from which all other SE site privilege pages derive. As a result, it has to say that ads are reduced at 200, because that's what's true on every other site. I suppose the devs could work around this, but I would imagine that nobody noticed until you, and that they'll consider it a very low priority even now that you have noticed.

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Actually SE sites don't have reduce ads at all, but for some reason Meta does like the trilogy. – NickC May 5 '11 at 20:45
Oh, weird! Based on Hendrik's comment to your post, I'm guessing this is an artifact of "original SE, AKA trilogy" vs. "new SE" development. – Pops May 6 '11 at 13:03

Seems to be working for me - the real estate taken up by the ads is several lines' worth of text.

Here's a screenshot without this privilege:Not logged in

And here's one with it:Logged in

Note that in Firefox's NoScript, I needed to "temporarily allow all this page", twice, before the ads started showing up - apparently the scripts that insert ads are dynamically inserted by other scripts, which are in turn inserted by the main site scripts. Quite complex IMHO, but at least they degrade gracefully (with JS disabled, I saw blank spaces where the ads are supposed to appear):

no JS at all: JS disabled

after "temporarily allow all", round 1: enter image description here

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What's are all those funny words in the toolbar of your browser? :P – user27414 May 5 '11 at 18:27
@Jon's Evil Twin: Huh? Oh, that. It's Web Developer Toolbar for FF; the locale is cs_CZ, IIRC. – Piskvor May 5 '11 at 18:31
Firefox WDT FTW. – BalusC May 5 '11 at 18:37
He is talking about Meta though. – Pëkka May 5 '11 at 19:12
@Pekka's other trolling account: Oh. Well, you go and tell the monkeys that all their screen-grabbing efforts have been in vain. – Piskvor May 5 '11 at 19:55
I'd rather not. Those monkeys pour their heart and soul into what they do - they can be pretty picky if their efforts aren't honoured. – Pëkka May 5 '11 at 20:00
I was joking about your non-English browser, that's all. – user27414 May 5 '11 at 20:34
@Pekka's other trolling account: Exactly. I'm in no mood to give them this news, especially given their numbers. – Piskvor May 5 '11 at 21:14
@Jon's Evil Twin: Ze non-english browsér, eet iz not funny matter, no? Iz vërrry serious, yes? ;o) – Piskvor May 5 '11 at 21:16

Actually, you seem to be right. At first I just thought it was because all sites have this. But, that doesn't appear to be true:

enter image description here

This is the same as Stack Overflow, Super User, and Server Fault.

But Programmers and several other SE sites that I checked have no reduce ads privilege.

enter image description here

So, it appears that it's not correct that must have them because all SE sites have them — since non-trilogy sites somehow have this privilege turned off.

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In the faq it still says "200 Reduced advertising" - strange. – Hendrik Vogt May 6 '11 at 8:19

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