Questions tagged [advertising]

For discussion about the explicitly commercial advertising that appears on this site (if any), as well as the Community Promotion Ads which are voted on by users of each site.

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The future of Community Promotion, Open Source, and Hot Network Questions Ads

September update: The ads are now live! As a way to try to address some of the concerns about the voting period being too short, we're running the selected ads that score 6 or more, or any ads scoring ...
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Is Stack Exchange infected with malware?

I use a Mac with Safari. I have found that when I visit Physics Stack Exchange an app entitled managerpages tries to install itself. Has anyone else had this problem? Update: I have now experienced ...
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Weird scrollbar on "Report this Ad" popup

The "Report Ad" popup has a weird and disabled scrollbar on the right side: Windows 10, Firefox 94.0.2 (64-bit)
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Today's inappropriate ad: Playboy model on Biology

Three days ago, I wrote: Yeah I'm aware that "a tool to manage ad experience" is currently being developed, but as long as it's not available, I'll keep on reporting these. I'll also keep on ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

For several years we've had advertising solely on technology-related sites. But many of our sites aren't about technology at all, so we haven't sold ads for them. Traditionally, that hasn't been a ...
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Advertisements dark mode

The blocks with advertisements on the right side should have dark colors in dark mode, the advertisement is a spotlight with a white background.
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Will there be Community Promotion Ads in 2021, if so when?

(title stolen from Will there be Community Promotion Ads in 2020, if so when?) Community promotion ads were usually posted in January, but this didn't happen in 2021 yet. It's not urgent but I've just ...
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Reporting ads as off-topic / irrelevant based on the site scope

I usually do not pay attention to ads but lately I've noticed that most of the ads on Web Applications that are shown to me are related to developing web applications but that is off-topic on the site ...
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Ad banner in side menu may overflow the page

The ad in the side menu sometimes is the same size of the top banner ad (in that case, 729px x 90px). I managed to reproduce this a few times on the Home page and on the question page. Browser 1: ...
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Stack overflow for teams ad

For some time now I keep seeing this on most of the SE sites I visit: While I admit that this is a useful piece of information, I still want to find out how many more days will I be seeing it?
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Are the SpaceX related blogs (software-in-space), blogs or advertorials?

Recently several blogs tagged software-in-space have appeared. They very much read like one big advertisement, with some information sprinkled through. This reminded me more of advertorials then blogs....
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Should Stack Overflow Talent be listed among the rest of the sites?

Well the question's in the title, Stack Overflow Talent seems like an obvious candidate to include in the main list of sites on the stack - or perhaps as a side-bar advert. I don't know about the ...
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Stack Overflow is not trying to start audio

After a thorough investigation and inquiry, we were able to get an update on this. The ads in question were not intending to start audio but were rather checking to see if there was an audio player ...
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Where do our SE site promo ads go?

I'm a mod on Chess.SE beta, and we've come up with a couple ads for our site. Not knowing the ins and outs of site promotion, I asked what we would do with our ads. Another mod pro tem answered me ...
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How can I find all the advertisements in Stack Overflow?

Stack Overflow users know that the site shows advertisements occasionally. I can remember in a blurred way that perhaps there is a place at the Stack Overflow site that shows in one place all the ...
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pixel.quantserve.com - what's it about, and should I block it?

I was just checking what items were downloaded by the SO pages, and I saw pixel.quantserve.com popping up. My first instinct was to block it using Adblock Plus, but I'd like to know what it's for. ...
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Community ads FAQ

Many sites have special threads for community ads. For example, on Travel, we have promoted the Expatriates proposal. However, on German Language for example, there's no such thread, but there is the ...
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What constitutes an affiliation disclosure?

The guidelines for expected behavior state: The community tends to vote down overt self-promotion and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your ...
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Who benefits from certain ads targetting open source projects?

I know how affiliate marketing works (though not an expert) but I can't comprehend in certain cases, where is the benefit of the ads (as in, who benefit from it?) when they relate to an open source ...
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Please give us an easy way to flag inappropriate ads

According to a comment on Workplace Meta, the ads experiment will be running for a while: @DavidK The experiment will last 6 months - so most of the this year. We're planning a recap at the end to ...
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Internal ads appear to link to external ad network (Google ads)

Sorry for asking a question of potentially very short validity. (Though it's been this way for at least one week.) I've noticed that the ad that sometimes appears in the side column on the right on at ...
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Can we allow for pasting of images in the "Report this ad" modal?

When reporting an ad we are served this modal: Which requires an image of the ad in question. The image uploader looks similar to the one being used in posts, with one big disadvantage though. It won'...
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Ads should not cause a content shift

I recently joined a few Stack Exchange sites on which I don't have the reduce ads privilege yet. The issue I experienced happens with the two "leaderboard" style ads that are displayed to ...
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Empty leaderboard style ad

I recently joined a new site, so I get the joy of seeing ads again. This add struck me as odd Inspecting the page also revealed no hint of any actual add container being present. The HTML of the page ...
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Ads appearing before (on top of) questions?

I came across this question on Mathematics, and was very troubled by the ad appearing on top of the question, as well as to the right of the question. Since when are ads permitted to be banners ...
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Careers outdated job ads [closed]

Occasionally see ads with a closing date already passed. Just wondering is there a field holding job ad's valid-to date when employer submit a new job, so that outdated job can be filtered out?
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Sporadic bug with SE question ads [duplicate]

Opening the ad on a new tab (Ctrl+Click) doesn't work. It simply appends a query string. Clicking on the ad shows the navbar in the gif area.
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Today's (possibly) inappropriate ad: possible stem cell scam on Biology

Actually I'm rather asking for clarification about this one, honest. On the one hand, the ad itself isn't that inappropriate, on the other hand, it advocates a new kind of treatment with zero side ...
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Why does Stack Exchange use Google ads for links between their own sites?

I am logged in to Stack Overflow (in English) from a Spanish-speaking country and see an advert for the Spanish language version of Stack Overflow. The advert, when translated, reads "if you're ...
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Ads on Android open regardless of whether I touch them

I have a problem which I encounter only on Stack Exchange group sites (although it can be my phone's problem). The problem is: I don't tap on the ad, but it still opens. I want to drag my finger to ...
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Is there an Area 51 policy on offering money to people who follow or commit to their proposals?

I just received this email from XYZ@SOMECRYPTO.com (XYZ and SOMECRYPTO are not the real names): I’m XYZ, a community member of SOMECRYPTO, a high-throughput and high-security blockchain platform. Our ...
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Inappropriate ad: online gambling on Music SE

I have repeatedly been shown this ad for an online gambling site on Music SE: While (heavily regulated) gambling is legal in my jurisdiction, I consider advertisements for online gambling to be ...
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Is SE allowing ads to use fingerprinting to track users?

This is pretty much a follow-up to this meta announcement by SE. Ideally that announcement would have resolved the issue, but the language in it was vague and evasive, and there have been no ...
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Oy! Animated ads!

Stack Overflow delivered a little piece of coal to me, today (or I noticed it for the first time today). Animated GIFs as ads. Like, the old-school, flashy-flashy kind: Here are two deanimated frames:...
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Does Facebook's 120 billion dollar loss in market value affect Stack Exchange? [closed]

With the huge loss in market valuation of Facebook -- currently a loss of 120 billion USD -- and with signals that indicate it will experience a continued, long-term decline in profits, is Stack ...
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Lazy loading our leaderboard ads

The Advertising team is continuously making improvements to the ads experience on our sites for both our users as our clients. One of the changes we’re excited about sharing is the implementation of ...
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Are community ads still a thing? [duplicate]

Are community ads still a thing? The last activity on the offical tag was in 2013, and I can’t remember when I last saw a community ad banner (this might be due to ad blocking, although I’ve in ...
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Is there a way to see all "Sponsored Tags"?

Is there a way to see all sponsored tags? Like the ones sponsored by adobe or facebook? Short of scanning all the tags page, of course. BTW, I find this way of advertising pretty much aesthetic.
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Report this Ad Feature

This post is in reference to the following blog post: Report this Ad [beta] provides more control over your advertising experience To start off, a quick introduction of myself; my name is Jascha Drel,...
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Is the Stack Exchange Meta site advertised?

I've noticed that there are a low number of users on Stack Exchange Meta, compared to other SE sites, such as Stack Overflow. Do the Stack Exchange Team ever advertise this site?
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Clicking community promotion ad renders an instance of SO within the frame of that ad

Today I came across an ad on this question on SO: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/58299219/how-to-replicate-vlookup-in-vba (I don't expect it to stay very long). There was a community promotion ...
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NSFW video and annoying animated advertising on Music SE

I'm seeing this annoying animated advertisement on Music SE. Somehow saving the gif was impossible, so I recreated it as well as I could from screenshots (first image). The actual thing is even more ...
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Is it acceptable for a moderator to advertise their own products or services in their profile?

I know that mild promotional activities by users in their profile are generally allowed to some level of good sense, but I noticed that the profile of Mark Mayo ♦, a moderator at Travel Stack Exchange,...
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How much advertising is allowed on userinfo pages?

Users often put links to their projects on the userinfo pages (for example, Jon Skeet has a link to Amazon selling C# in Depth) and that looks quite allright. However some users push this to the limit ...
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Non-tech ad on Stack Exchange site?

I clicked on a Stack Exchange ad on Facebook and saw this: I have used SE for many years, and I have never seen such a non-tech add... Is this something my ISP injected? Maybe Facebook did it? If so, ...
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What do icons on the tags mean?

What does an icon on the tag mean, for example the "rg" before the sql-server tag as pictured below? Return to FAQ index
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Who should deal with not-programming-related advertisments? [closed]

Just now I found this ad at the sidebar area of StackOverflow: #2 Programming book on Amazon - The Betterphoto Guide to Digital Photography http://web7.twitpic.com/img/30467379-...
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Today's inappropriate ad: health scam on Travel [duplicate]

Inappropriate ad spotted on Travel.SE. Looks like the usual health scam. Unfortunately this one seems not to open the link preview when I long-click it, so it's only the image, but it seems to have ...
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Don't show ad for Developer Survey if you've already taken it

I just noticed an advertisement for the Developer Survey 2020: I have already taken it two weeks ago, and the system knows about this since it awarded me a badge for it. In that case, it's better to ...
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A claim in the Facebook Ad for Teams is not factually correct

The following ad campaign went live on Facebook today: Text: Stack Overflow for Teams has been named the leader in G2 Crowd’s Knowledge Management category again this winter. Thanks to all of our ...

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