As many have probably realized, Adblock Plus is now by-default allowing certain acceptable ads. In my opinion the Stack Exchange network has unobtrusive ads especially once you cross the "reduced advertising" threshold.

Has the team considered contacting the authors of Adblock Plus and requesting being on their acceptable-ad list?

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    I manually added Stack Exchange to my whitelist :-)
    – gen_Eric
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 15:17
  • @Rocket: Same here. Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 16:11
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    I typically don't click on ads anyway out of principle. It's kind of like buying from the door-to-door salesman. Though perhaps we could arrange a day where the people of meta.stackoverflow.com made demands such as the abdication of all double-diamond mods. If the demands were met we could throw a "click-on-ads party". Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 16:12
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    @EvanCarroll: I don't agree with that analogy. The door-to-door salesman isn't otherwise providing a service, this website is. Not that I feel any compulsion to click on ads solely because of that, but I've certainly encountered ads on StackOverflow which I've followed.
    – David
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 18:40
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    Oh Evan, controversial as ever lol
    – Earlz
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 19:08
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    Yea -- you know me though. I shine the good light of information, accountability, and transparency. Unfortunately for Jeff he can't dispatch his armies to downvote me in comments. At least, not until they're finished building the site and they add that functionality. Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 19:33
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    @Earlz Found the official ABP ticket #1905 requesting joining the Acceptable Ads Manifesto. See my updated answer. Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 19:05

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While doing research for answering this question I found out that Stack Exchange logo displayed under the 'We the undersigned…' section of Acceptable Ads main page. Click on the 'Additional organizations' link to expand the list of organizations. Here is the screenshot:

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Acceptable Ads manifesto says:

We, the undersigned, want to make the Internet a better place for everyone. We'll start by getting rid of obnoxious ads... read full details

Also, as per Dean Murphy 'Crystal iOS app' developer:

Acceptable Ads is an initiative, supported by 3 of my favourite websites (Reddit, DuckDuckGo, Stack Exchange), that encourages and promotes the use of better advertising on the web

Also found ticket #1905 that was opened on 01/29/2015 (which was closed on 02/09/2015) for Adding Stack Exchange to acceptableads.org which states:

Stack Exchange would like to join the Acceptable Ads Manifesto on acceptableads.org.


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