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StackOverflow, ServerFault, and Superuser have ads. (I only see them when I'm not on my own computer where firefox and chrome AdBlock extension is not installed). The new SE 2.0 websites do not seem to have ads. Will this continue for the next couple of years?
I would like to know because ads could be a factor in decisions on whether to migrate existing SE 1.0 communities to SE 2.0 or to use an alternative Q&A platform. There are free-software clones of Stack Exchange (Shapado, possibly others...). I know 1 community (Cheminformatics) that uses a clone and 1 (Bioinformatics) that is considering switching to a free platform. The clones have all the essential features but Stack Exchange software quality and quantity is in the lead.