So I came across this just now:

kicking the baby for Careers

(Note the timestamp above)

It was on this question when I saw it:

Represent JSON Array into String

That said, this ad was taken down a while ago.

I consider it a bug that it's still being shown.

Note, this is in no way about my opinion on the matter (I have none, really), it's about an obvious contradiction (hence being tagged ).

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    They probably adopted a new one
    – random
    Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 21:30
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    Hey, my parents kicked me and I'm just... wait, what was I saying?
    – jonsca
    Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 21:36
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    @jonsca for the last time I'm not your parent, that's why I keep kicking you
    – Zelda
    Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 21:40
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    So that's why my answer on the original baby-kicking ad is suddenly getting attention... Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 21:43
  • @BenBrocka So it's one of those A => B, B' => A' type situations?
    – jonsca
    Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 21:48
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    @AdamRackis Ah-ha, so people who live in glass desk-playpen combinations shouldn't throw the first kick? (to mix two idioms)
    – jonsca
    Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 21:49
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    RELATED Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 22:10
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    Babies are an often overlooked source of electricity. Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 23:11
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    +1 for freehand circle
    – Robotnik
    Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 23:19
  • Maybe they changed their shoes for slippers. They don't bruise as much.
    – Kev
    Commented Aug 9, 2012 at 1:02
  • I wish my wife would work with me like that.
    – Gaffi
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 19:57
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    Still trying to figure out why the toys are outside the playpen
    – wax eagle
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 18:56
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    @waxeagle The toys are for the parents. Look at it, does it look like they care about the kid? Hells no.
    – casperOne
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 19:20
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    @waxeagle If we're nitpicking, the shadows are way off...
    – Gaffi
    Commented Aug 16, 2012 at 15:46

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This ad did in fact run about 11k impressions on 8/8 - this was the day we were doing some troubleshooting with the server, and it looks as if this ad was accidentally enabled and then disabled. It hasn't served since and it remains inactive so it won't serve EVER AGAIN. :) If anyone spots it again, please let me know!

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    ...but did kicking babies convert?
    – Zelda
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 18:56
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    This is a bit unclear. We were told it was taken down, and then it was served again. Now you are saying that it will never serve again, but if it does, let you know. That's a bit of a mixed message.
    – casperOne
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 19:20
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    @casperOne The ad was "disabled" in our server, so when our friends at AdZerk were making a fix, they "enabled" and then "disabled" the ad again - a simple error. I'm asking for anyone to point out if they see it again, just in case the error wasn't isolated, I count on the users to help me out so we maintain an awesome site!
    – Jginger
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 19:56
  • @Jginger Thanks for the clarification, much appreciated.
    – casperOne
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 19:57
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    @Jginger While we have your attention, we're genuinely curious if that ad converted at all for the 11K impressions you got. I mean, if the ad works, then perhaps the baby should be sacrificed in the name of the site.
    – casperOne
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 20:00
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    @casperOne- The ad actually had a 0.21% CTR, which is quite high, but its only about 24 clicks over the 11K impressions- given the strong response to the ad the first time we ran it, I'm not sure this is worth a reversal.
    – Jginger
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 13:27
  • @Jginger Wasn't asking for one, but rather, wanted to know out of curiosity. Thanks for the response, it's always nice to see how things like this work inside of SE.
    – casperOne
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 18:54
  • I spotted it again today. meta.stackexchange.com/q/198462/191410
    – JDB
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 17:22
  • I spotted it also here stackoverflow.com/questions/887029/…
    – sisharp
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 19:01

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