I was browsing stackoverflow.com and one the advertisements displayed on the right hand side I found to be particularly offensive.

I've already written a complaint to the company who the advertisement was for, but I was wondering if there was a way I could report it to the maintainers of stackoverflow.com?


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    Do share with us. We want to know who was offensive. Pretty pretty please.
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 21:23
  • Let me guess. It was the ladybug being murdered. We get that a lot.
    – user27414
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 21:35
  • In the interest of keeping this question on-topic, I'm not going to, sorry :P
    – tokes
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 21:36
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    Actually .... In the interest of keeping the question on-topic is why I asked. There's very very very little around here that's private. The site was designed that way. But I can understand about you don't want to offend other people. But the more eyeballs that see it the more that the community can make their own decisions, ya see. If lots and lots of people object to something, that's more information for team@ to make a decision with. Also, public shame is an AMAZING motivator.
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 21:41
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    If my original question was a discussion on whether or not the community found it offensive, then sure. But it was just a simple question about how to report offensive ads. If you really want to have a discussion about it, I can start a new question, but then it kinda leaves the realm of "meta-StackExchange" questions and is more a general discussion, don't you think? But then again, if meta is a place for that then I guess it's okay.
    – tokes
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 21:48
  • @tokes: +1 Good question. I think I had also found that to be some how... inappropriate
    – user150068
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 23:59
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    – user1228
    Commented Apr 5, 2011 at 14:46
  • @Will: I think it's static.adzerk.net/Advertisers/…
    – user150068
    Commented Apr 5, 2011 at 15:45
  • @Will: Funny, but what's the relation between a woman's breasts starring four men with Data Validation and Certification Server?
    – user150068
    Commented Apr 5, 2011 at 16:13
  • @Will: thanks for proving my point. Had I linked to the ad in question originally, this question would be filled with useless comments such as yours, which do nothing to answer the question I actually posed (which is relevant regardless of what actual ad I saw in that instance), and only show off narrow-mindedness. So much for being a member of a community focused around intelligent discussion and sharing of knowledge.
    – tokes
    Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 21:11
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    @tokes: The ease with which you become offended and the joy you take in abusing others as a consequence and the self-righteous smug satisfaction you take in being superior to us low-brows doesn't do much for my opinion of you.
    – user1228
    Commented Apr 14, 2011 at 13:27

2 Answers 2


At the bottom of the page you will find two links that may prove of interest, one labeled "contact us" which gives you an email that goes directly to Stack Exchange, and another provides a link to "advertising info", which gives both an email and a phone contact for the advertising department in particular.

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    Please consider sending a screenshot, describing the ad in detail, and providing a link to the image and/or the target of the ad so they know for certain which ad is the problem. In some cases they may be running several ads for a given client, and it can be hard to tell which one you're talking about if you only say, "It's that one that mentions Visual Studio."
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 21:30
  • I closed the tab the page was on, but luckily I refreshed a few times and the same ad re-appeared ;)
    – tokes
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 21:33

Posting here is a good start, but e-mail [email protected]. There's a link at the foot of every page.

Don't forget to include all the details of the ad.

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