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During the recent read-only mode, ads were shown to me, because I was no longer a high-rep user, but a random surfer from the internet.

Does giving an ad a "Thumbs down", which gives a dialog box saying it won't be shown again, actually have any effect? I assume that if Stack Exchange is in read-only mode, then it can't, but that'd mean the dialog box was incorrect.

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Adzerk (our ad server) uses cookies to keep track of the down voted ads, which will persist (with all the usual cookie related caveats).

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