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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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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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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We're standardizing the sidebar width at 300px on all sites

Update: this change is now live across the network. You'll still see some narrow 220px ads because it's going to take us a good while to update all of the old ads, but if you see any other style ...
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Why is Stack Overflow trying to start audio?

I often have my browser's devtools open since I'm often debugging a snippet. I noticed this message often recently: Why is Stack Overflow trying to start audio? Update. I see it's from an ad(?). ...
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We're enabling display ads on select Stack Exchange sites

We knew that the Stack Exchange Network would eventually play a bigger role in contributing to the financial end of our business, but we didn't know how long that would take. Turns out, it was roughly ...
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Affiliate Ads Are Coming To The Network

Some time ago, we announced that certain SE sites will have advertising enabled. This has gone well and we're extremely thankful to everyone for their support and feedback. Because it has been ...
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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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Ban ImageShack images because they are reusing old URLs for advertising

There's a very popular topic on Stack Overflow's Meta asking to Ban ImageShack Images. This was created because ImageShack deletes old images to free up server space, making images within older posts ...
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What's this about labelled tags? [duplicate]

What's with this Adobe logo? I don't use Adobe Flex, I use Flex, the fast lexer, and I've had to add a million tags to my ignored list to try (unsuccessfully) to filter out the questions about this ...
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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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Adobe-sponsored tags [closed]

Whoa! Very cool. A welcome and smart way to bring users and company together in a way that benefits everyone involved - exactly the kind of advertising we need more of. Is this something that'll be ...
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What sites have advertisements enabled?

Apparently Drupal.SE has ads: Which doesn't seems to be mentioned in the advertising program list. Are there sites that have ads enabled yet not documented (apart from the trilogy)? Other sites ...
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Stop with the Sex Ads on SE sites, ESPECIALLY sites like “The Workplace”

I mean come on guys... this post should not even need a body. Are you asleep at the wheel? You tried show me "targeted ads"? Wow, way to fail. That must be a joke. You are showing me completely ...
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Login process incompatible with Adblock Plus

I recently noticed that, when Adblock Plus is enabled in Firefox, the login process on Stack Exchange sites stopped working. (Symptom: after clicking "log in", then clicking on the "log in with ...
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Can I disable a specific annoying advertisement?

I don't mind advertising in general on S[OFU], but I don't like a specific one. Is it possible to ask that you don't see a specific advertisement again, without doing some Greasemonkey magic? ...
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Sponsor Gallery, Page, or Something Like That?

nhj asked the other day, How to revisit ad in Stackoverflow? In my answer, I wrote: We were thinking of putting together a "sponsor gallery" of sorts that listed out all of the sponsors with a ...
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Ads on SE sites are excessively animated, irrelevant, dubious and resource-intensive

SE had very high standards for ads on Stack Overflow, ads were curated, generally static images and well-behaved. I found the stance SE took on acceptable ads admirable, and they certainly left some ...
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But I don't want “reduced advertising” when I get 200 Rep! [duplicate]

One of the "benefits" of earning 200 rep points is that fewer ads are displayed to you. Instead of seeing three zones (Leaderboard Top, Leaderboard Bottom, and Sidebar), you see only one (Sidebar). ...
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Usernames as Advertising or Spam?

While doing some flagging (yes, I'm a little bit addicted) I stumbled upon the user StarWind Software. At first the case seemed clear, Spammer, but...and that's a big one, he seems to be a productive ...
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HTML from advertisement not rendered correctly

I have many times found CSS written on my screen besides images from Stack OverFlow. It is associated with the advert from Rackspace Here is a screenshot:
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Is sponsor ad expired for excel tag? If yes then remove the free space

It's look like sponsorship on tag excel is expired. So the advertisement is removed. But the space is not removed. Before few days (or may be till 31st Dec. 2012) the advertisement was like this: ...
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Should ads that mimic Stack Overflow UI be allowed?

As a Stack Overflow user, ads like this one: ...confuse the hell out of me. I just spent 30 seconds trying to find the rest of the answers for the question I was reading before I realized this ...
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How to revisit a Stack Overflow ad

Is there a place where I can see all the ads listed in SO? When I was reading a question, I liked an ad, then quickly hit the back button. When I hit the forward button, the ad had changed. Is there ...
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Using SO / SF / SU to promote your products?

See this question: https://superuser.com/questions/3049/must-have-android-applications/3284#3284 I answered twice with links to my own Android products that fully met the criteria of the question, and ...
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Am I the only person to find the woot ad noxious? [closed]

Specifically the one that tries to masquerade as SO content. I find this the electronic equivalent of the "special advertising sections" in print magazines that join the stiff cardboard ads in the ...
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Top banner ad makes page jump

There is a usability problem when you visit a site on which ads are being served. The top banner ad doesn't render immediately, and then when it does, it causes the rest of the page below it to jump ...
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Has anyone clicked the new Woot! ads? [closed]

Original Woot! ad: http://ads.stackoverflow.com/ads/stackoverflow-ad1.png Redesigned Woot! ad: Woot you! http://ads.stackoverflow.com/ads/blendingin-1.png Has anyone clicked the new Woot! ads and ...
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How does Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, etc. make money? [duplicate]

How do Stack Overflow and the rest of Stack Exchange sites stay up? Someone has got to pay for the infrastructure and people's wages. So how do these sites make money? Is it purely through ...
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Is it possible to get the Area 51 ads on my site?

On sites such as Super User is it possible that someone could make something like the Area 51 ads on the right hand side to use on my own site. Also to that if you can could you have one for sites in ...
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Possible negative effects of VC funding for Stack Overflow?

Assuming Joel and Jeff succeed in obtaining VC funding for Stack Overflow, what negative effects would you anticipate on the way Stack Overflow currently works? And how harmful would they be? And ...
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Astroturfing on Stack Overflow

I just wanted to make sure you guys are aware this happens sometimes before I delete this user. What is Astroturfing? Astroturfing is a word in English describing ... advertising, or public ...
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Rate the quality of the ads

In the SO spirit, let's have a little up/down vote block for the ads, so we can rate the quality. Obviously, there doesn't need to be any rep attached. I'm so StackOverflowed now, that I hate not ...
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Kind, courteous, inclusive, intolerant of bigotry, racism, etc. Fine, I agree. Now what about my feelings as a mod?

Some background for those who don't know me: I have been involved in SE for more than 5 years and have been a moderator (activity now suspended) on Parenting for several of them. My background is ...
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Thanks to both StackOverflow and Telerik for the awesome promotion

I had a pretty rough weekend. It turns out I was 95 days into my Fanatic badge and somehow didn't log in on the 96th day. I have no idea how that happened as I had made every attempt to log on every ...
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How much does it cost to sponsor a tag? [closed]

With almost 30,000 tags, it would be nice to be able to sponsor very low traffic tags. The low volume tags are actually quite interesting. For example, if you have a business repairing altair ...
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How are the SE questions that are used in the SO sidebar ads chosen?

I see ads to other SE sites regularly on the sidebar of SO. Are these questions chosen by hand, or algorithmically? The reason I ask is that there was an ad pointing to this question on Seasoned ...
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Place interesting tags list in a consistent location

A minor gripe with the Interesting Tags display and advertising, specifically on Stack Overflow but probably more generally applicable - sometimes there is a good-sized panel ad in the top right panel,...
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What is too much self-promotion, and where do we draw the line?

See also: How to deal with persistent Spam-User? and How to deal with Spam-Users? I've been stumbling upon more and more users which fulfill all of these points: 1 Rep Company website as homepage in ...
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Is it possible to remove the Careers banner with the dying starfish?

Is it possible to remove the annoying ad with the dying starfish? Certainly, this is not what my career should feel like.
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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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What changes have resulted from SE network sites becoming a source of income?

Nearly three years ago, display ads stopped being an SO-only thing and came to some other relevant sites. More recently, this programme widened to include affiliate ads on most sites. Both times, one ...
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Today's inappropriate ad: health scam on Travel

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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SE ads bug - question advertises itself

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 ...
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Is it appropriate to mention my product in a StackOverflow answer?

Hi I see StackOverflow questions like : Excel/VBA to check if a row exists and I am tempted to reply with : " You could run a query such as 'SELECT COUNT(), COL1, COL2 FROM A GROUP BY COL1, ...
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Area51 proposals are being advertised now all over the network?

While happily browsing Super User I suddenly noticed this: Curious, I clicked and landed here. Appears to be ordinary Area51 proposal, one out of hundreds. Do all proposals get such ad at some ...
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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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Ads that contains erotic images [closed]

Hi, recently when I use stack overflow I started to see the "Show us yours" ad, a women with very short skirt siting with a laptop in a sexy way. What a distraction, when I try to answer or read a ...
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Script to add more branded icons to SO tags, to offset Adobe branding

I wrote a script to add some more branding to the tags, mostly open source projects like Python, Ruby, etc. Full disclosure : the script directly links to a bunch of favicons because I'm lazy. Here is ...
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Careers ad shows caged toddler without access to food or water, in reach of open shoes

Here is the ad: Some (including myself) have found the ad to be somewhat offensive (it's quite weird to say the least). Though I recognize the symbolic nature of the ad (staying at home yet working ...
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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,...