As far as I know, SO only offers forum-voted ads for free for Open Source projects (nothing wrong with that, on the contrary, that's great).

But I wonder: would it be interesting to open something like 5-10% of ads to commercial ads ?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking of yet another flashy viagra spam advertisement, but there are other non-opensource projects, services or softwares that would be relevant (and I dare even say interesting) to SO users and would be glad to support the site by paying for ads.

Two examples that are imho successful in doing so: Fusion Ads and Dribbble.

You could still require that the advertised service/product be relevant to programmers and has a high enough graphical quality, yet get some extra cash to support the StackExchange network.

What do you think ?


Already exists - see the advertising page.

  • Ah my bad, I didn't think of looking at the About Us page for advertising, I stupidely looked at the More ads link below the actual ads, which features and mentions only the open source ones, thanks. – wildpeaks Jan 25 '11 at 3:42
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    I wish there were more informations on that page except "send a mail if you're interested" which usually means "it's way too expensive for you, forget it unless you're a Microsoft-size company" :( – wildpeaks Jan 25 '11 at 3:44
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    @user Considering it's ranked #174 site on Alexa and Microsoft has been a past advertiser, I'd say it probably is quite expensive. – waiwai933 Jan 25 '11 at 21:14

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