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I find that some well known companies in Java world (Jetbrains, Zeroturnaround) advertise quite a lot on SO. I already have their products (both of them actually), so this advertisement is a waste for me and them too. Would be nice if I could disable the ads from specific companies. I don't want to downvote the ad, because it feels as if I didn't like the product, which is not the case (quite the opposite actually).

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    Too much work for way too little gain... just ignore them same way you ignore them all around the internet. Or reload. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Feb 19 '15 at 15:43
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    How is the system supposed to know which products you already have? – John Dvorak Feb 19 '15 at 15:43
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  • @Jan I assume OP here means button like "ignore future ads about this product". – Shadow The Princess Wizard Feb 19 '15 at 15:45
  • @JanDvorak I am not proposing that system should know automatically, just being able to told the system would be enough – Tibor Blenessy Feb 19 '15 at 15:45
  • why the downvotes? If you don't like the suggestion it doesn't mean that question itself is unclear or not showing research effort. – Tibor Blenessy Feb 19 '15 at 16:23
  • You propose a feature request. People vote on that request. Upvotes are people saying "I think that's a good and useful idea, and support it." Downvotes mean "I hate puppies, laughter, and OP. I want death and hatred to reign. Therefore, I am going to take away your fake imaginary internet points." Isn't it obvious? Why would you even have to wonder about the downvotes? Are you being obtuse on purpose? – user1228 Feb 19 '15 at 16:57
  • @Won't well, the popup for downvote says "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful" , if somebody thinks that's the case, I would like to understand why, that doesn't seem to be obtuse to me – Tibor Blenessy Feb 19 '15 at 17:33
  • Now you're being obtuse. People downvote to show disagreement. Ask a FR to change the text if you can't see beyond it. – user1228 Feb 19 '15 at 17:54
  • OK, you made me to read help about meta and it actually says that voting on feature-request questions can be used to vote about usefulness of the feature itself. Didn't know that, sorry – Tibor Blenessy Feb 19 '15 at 18:03
  • People still see ads? Seriously? – tchrist Feb 21 '15 at 21:32
  • I use uBlock normally, however on some sites it seems fair to me not to block the ads, SO being the case – Tibor Blenessy Feb 21 '15 at 22:13
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The downvote module that appears when you hover over an ad can act as a solution to your problem: downvote-meh-20150219

For your situation I'd say 'Other' applies.

While I acknowledge that this does not disable all ads for a particular advertiser or product, it allows you to control which ads you see. I think blocking all ads from Advertiser X is not the best solution. Consider the possibility that an advertiser like ZT or JetBrains, whose current products you already use, releases an update or a new product and chooses to promote it by advertising on SO. You may benefit from still seeing ZT or JetBrains ads.

Alllllll that said: we hear you. As stated above, I think the downvote module should work for your use-case. Let me know if you have any additional feedback, though.


As a reminder, relevant blog about the voting module here.

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    Ah, I didn't know there is menu under down-thumb button, I didn't try to press it, bc I though it would mean I don't like the add. I think this is a good solution – Tibor Blenessy Feb 19 '15 at 16:12
  • @saberduck While writing my answer that exact possibility occurred to me. I wonder how many other people don't downvote something they simply want to hide out of concern for negatively affecting the ad. – stevvve Feb 19 '15 at 16:15
  • maybe adding ellipsis (…) symbol when cursor hovers over the button to provide suggestion that action is not immediate – Tibor Blenessy Feb 19 '15 at 16:19
  • Hmm... that may work. – stevvve Feb 19 '15 at 16:23
  • Can we just add "I already have/use this?" to that? Seems a meaningful enough use case. – Tim Post Feb 20 '15 at 16:28

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