From What sites have advertisements enabled? we know that besides SO, SU and SF, a dozen of sites accept advertising. On a few of those ads are already up and running.

Thankfully, SO/SU/SF have a "reduced ads" privilege at 200 reputation:

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But the newer ad-carrying sites do not (screenshot from Drupal)

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Does the "reduced ads" privilege exist on those sites? If no, why? If yes, why isn't it documented?

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    Drupal should have a reduced spam privilege instead. [not my joke]
    – bjb568
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 23:22

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The privilege exists everywhere. But on most sites, it's hidden and notifications for earning it are suppressed. Doesn't make much sense to tell folks about a privilege that doesn't actually do anything.

Just because we're willing to sell ads on a site doesn't mean you'll ever see them... And note that the privilege suppresses the full-width ads on question pages, not the sidebar ads.

That said, if we forget to enable this on a site that is hosting (and therefore suppressing) such ads, don't hesitate to post a bug report.

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    Does the lack of privilege in the Help Center list itself constitute a bug? I saw banner ads on four sites, none of which have "reduced ads" in their privilege list.
    – user259867
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 23:38
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    Yup - report it.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 0:01

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