Wow. By accident I was using Google Chrome and noticed suddenly all the ads in SO! I use Firefox with AdBlock Plus installed and I have never seen an ad ever since I started using SO. I never told ABP to blocks ads from SO. So it seems they are blocking it through their subscription filter server.

Jeff Atwood has been talking about ads on the site and I was wondering what he was talking about because I never saw the ads and it never occurred to me ABP was blocking them. Now the ads look annoying to me. I know a free site has to make some money but I NEVER click on an ad.

I am sorry but I have to block the ads. I find them annoying and why do I have to see the same ad on the same page more than once. That TFS report ad is there TWICE. I can see it now twice above the fold! This seems like forcing ads on me.

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    ... is this a question? – Mark Henderson Dec 23 '09 at 1:58
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    -1 for pointless rant. – user27414 Dec 23 '09 at 2:20
  • @Farseeker, on meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/33705/… Jeff suggests that MSO is more of a discussion site, where 'not a real question' is NOT a valid reason to close because posts aren't necessarily questions. – pavium 18 mins ago – pavium Dec 23 '09 at 5:45
  • No it's not a question. That's why there's a tag called 'discussion'. – Tony_Henrich Dec 23 '09 at 8:12
  • @JonB: You must like big intrusive ads. – Tony_Henrich Dec 23 '09 at 8:22
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    "I NEVER click on an ad" -- well gee, if you block them all the time, I guess you wouldn't click on them, would you? – Alex Papadimoulis Dec 23 '09 at 14:44
  • @'smart'Alex: . I don't click on ads when they appear.. on any site. well.. maybe one in a half a million. – Tony_Henrich Dec 23 '09 at 21:56
  • Nice flashing black attention grabber! – Tony_Henrich Dec 23 '09 at 22:05
  • @Farseeker Not every post has to be a question on meta. For example a suggestion is not a question. and yes there's an implied question. why the same ad above the fold twice? – Tony_Henrich Apr 29 '11 at 18:52
  • OP, get AdBlock Plus for Chrome. Problem fixed. – haykam Aug 3 '16 at 3:48
  • Someone needs to calibrate his intrusion detector. – WGroleau Feb 24 '17 at 9:36
  • @haykam I guess the presentation is very important here since the other post and mine are basically talking about the same thing. Yet his was upvoted 13 times and mine was downvoted 14 times. – Tony_Henrich Feb 24 '17 at 20:42

I agree. Stack Overflow is the worst. Just so you all know what he's talking about, this is exactly what it looks like if you disable adblock on StackOverflow.com...

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We used to do that whole Responsible Advertising thing.... but screw it, we're rich, b#tches!.

  • Would it be enable and not disable? – Brian Dec 23 '09 at 14:55
  • "I like money." – gnostradamus Dec 23 '09 at 15:55
  • I visit thousands of sites with ads. %99 of the ads are either in the side bars or header. SO had a full width ad TWICE in the same viewable page (I didn't have to scroll). Didn't I hear Jeff complain of practices like this but he doesn't it himself? WTF – Tony_Henrich Dec 23 '09 at 22:03
  • @Tony: Talk is cheap. You can say what you want in theory, but in practice it rarely ever works. They have to support the sites somehow. – Brian Dec 24 '09 at 20:40
  • Fortunately my sarcasm detector rebooted before I could downvote this for being untrue. – WGroleau Feb 24 '17 at 9:33

You mean those small 220x250, non-animated, non-flashy static content ads bother you? I specifically white-listed the SO family sites because they're some of my favorite ads online - completely non intrusive. Not a single one has ever tried to cover up my content with some annoying fake window or a car driving across the screen (I'm looking at you, imdb!)

Also, for what it's worth - THERE IS NO PAGE FOLD.

  • Wonder why that site (ThereIsNoPageFold.com) needs jQuery. – random Dec 23 '09 at 2:11
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    @random: shutup, random. Everything is better with jQuery. – Shog9 Dec 23 '09 at 3:04
  • @Shog9 Hand that memo to Google Wave. – random Dec 23 '09 at 3:05
  • The ads between the answers are intrusive. The page fold is where it shows the question and where you don't have to scroll down once you figure the question is not that interesting. – Tony_Henrich Dec 23 '09 at 8:20
  • These are the 730 x 90 ads. What I am seeing now. The ads that take the full width of the answer column. – Tony_Henrich Dec 23 '09 at 8:39
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    @Tony_Henrich: Just log in. With 1,396 rep, you should only see the sidebar ads. – balpha Dec 23 '09 at 9:32
  • @Jared what do you call the browser view prt before scrolling.. if it's not the page fold? – Tony_Henrich Apr 29 '11 at 18:54
  • @Jared you call those content column full width ads between the answers non intrusive? Your definition of non intrusive is different than most people. it doesn't have to be animated to be intrusive. – Tony_Henrich Apr 29 '11 at 18:56

Are you saying that you would rather pay a subscription fee than let others see the ads and potentially click on them, while you continue to block them?

The money for all those servers and all that software has to come from someplace....

  • I would pay $5/month than be bombarded with ads. I just hate ads that are interspersed between the text I read. I find them too invasive. I feel the SO folks are forcing them on me as if the right column is not enough. The probably figured that people ignore these. Yeah I understand the ad revenue model. I did mention that in my post. – Tony_Henrich Dec 23 '09 at 8:16

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