I was browsing rpg.se when I came across an ad for a question that was also on rpg.se - then... wait a minute... it's advertising for itself!

I don't know the algorithm that picks the questions - but perhaps it should do some kind of a check to prevent it from advertising itself?

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    Maybe it's asking you for a second opinion? :P
    – Aleadam
    May 30, 2011 at 7:10
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    @Downvoter - I'm curious why you downvoted. I mean, honestly!
    – corsiKa
    May 31, 2011 at 2:04
  • Not to be crass but "so what if it does?" Does it do it every time you load that question? The odds seem fairly stacked against it happening and it's not preventing anything or breaking anything when it does. Jun 2, 2011 at 17:41
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    Well, there's a couple things. One, it's a bug - even a minor one, it's still worth bringing up. Two, any bug is indicative of potential for other bugs. Now I'm certainly willing to admit that it's low priority, and that it wouldn't bother me if it was never fixed, and that the consequences of leaving it are so low it's ridiculous. But does that mean it shouldn't have been reported just because it was low priority? What if there is already a check to prevent this from happening, but it's getting ignored? Then you have to ask what other checks are ignored. I think it was worth reporting. :)
    – corsiKa
    Jun 2, 2011 at 18:01
  • And preliminary research indicates there is roughly a 1/10,000,000 chance of this happening on each page view. It's pretty low, although you'd be surprised how fast odds that low over a site as popular as SOFUE something like that could make this happen dozens of times a month. *gasp*
    – corsiKa
    Jun 2, 2011 at 18:03
  • I know this has been declined, but, in relation to it... I saw, on sqa.se, an ad for a question of ~mine~ on rpg.se. Just thought I'd put it on here since it's related and you never know - interns need projects too!
    – corsiKa
    Jun 13, 2011 at 15:25
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    Just saw this myself - i.imgur.com/qJNTP.png
    – Ghost User
    Jul 28, 2011 at 17:40
  • @Aleadam: I LOL'd
    – user541686
    Feb 20, 2012 at 4:18
  • This issue was reported in 2011. Does it still happen in 2017?
    – Stevoisiak
    Apr 15, 2017 at 17:57
  • It happens on the side bar with great regularity. The ads themselves no longer serve ANY ads for questions, so obviously it can't happen for them.
    – corsiKa
    Apr 16, 2017 at 18:38

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Awesome, but it seems low priority.

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    I am moving this up to priority ∞ + 1. Jun 8, 2011 at 7:34
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    @Jeff to be fair, it has happened a second time in as many months. Maybe that can justify increasing to priority infinite / 2?
    – corsiKa
    Jun 16, 2011 at 19:49
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    Awesome, seems very high priority.
    – Tom
    Jul 6, 2011 at 15:25
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    @Jeff so now it's at priority (∞ - 1) I guess :) Jul 6, 2011 at 15:32
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    @JeffAtwood Isn't that "INFINITY PLUS ONE", not "INFINITE PLUS ONE"? Jun 21, 2012 at 0:53
  • 36 people have voted this question up :-O i.imgur.com/JqYTmjn.gifv
    – corsiKa
    Jul 16, 2015 at 15:02
  • @DanielDiPaolo Don't you know Infinity + 1 is NaN, and (Infinity + 1) - 1 is also NaN? Learn you a IEEE 754 :P
    – cat
    Apr 10, 2016 at 1:56

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