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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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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Yet another inappropriate, scammy and NSFW ad

Here is an image of an ad I just got on the Biology SE site: The ad is for a potency treatment like Viagra, though it really looks like a run-of-the-mill medical scam to me. There are lots of ...
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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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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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What sort of ads should SE managers accept?

Everybody seems to complain about the inappropriateness of some ads which have been posted so far, be it for sexual or other “sensitive” issues that may have disturbed some users. We all would be ...
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Today​'s inappropriate ad: "obesity antidote discovered" on SFF

Two 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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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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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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Inappropriate dating ad on The Workplace

The drill is getting old, here is today's "inappropriate ad" report, this time on The Workplace, possibly elsewhere. It's in French, translation left for the reader as an exercise. https://googleads....
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Are ads supposed to be related with the site I'm on?

I was browsing on Movies & TV when this ad came up: Is this type of ad allowed on a website that's not related at all to trips? I do have an account on Travel.SE but that's all.
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Rotated adverts?

A few days ago I encountered this 90 degree rotated ad on Science Fiction & Fantasy. As before I'm using an iPhone and this was on Chrome on the full site with responsiveness disabled. That doesn'...
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What is this ad actually for?

It appears someone is trying to promote clouds on the network. I've seen this ad on various sites, and as a sidebar and banner style ad. What is it for? Clicking it results in nothing but selecting a ...
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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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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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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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Full page adverts?

Browsing SFF this morning on my phone and I was hit in the face with noticed a full page ad. The usual type that of full page ad that injects itself in the page and has that annoying hiding content ...
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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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Those ads carousel are try to tell me something

Disclaimer : all links are NSFW. I was browsing physics.SE And I noticed a pattern in the ads carousel. It started with a Pillow ads then it escalated quickly : A pillow ads Sex performance Ads Sex ...
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Are interstitial ads, video ads and autoplay audio ads coming to SE?

There is a new blog post on the Stack Exchange company blog announcing SE's advertising principles. But reading that there are very few principles actually mentioned in the post, it directs that part ...
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Inappropriate weight loss ad on The Workplace, ELU, and Travel

Technically I guess this might be site-specific (so migrate if needed), but as the official announcement on ads says the following, I'm reporting it here for the time being1. Additionally, the way I ...
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Why is Stack Exchange allowing Google ads though they have their own profitable revenue model via https://stackoverflow.com/jobs? [duplicate]

Why is Stack Exchange allowing Google ads though they have their own profitable revenue model via https://stackoverflow.com/jobs? I mean, I just recently saw Google ads here. Don't you think it adds ...
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Is there a maximum height of sidebar ads?

Today I saw a big ad with width 300, height 600, a sidebar ad on Cross Validated. This is quite annoying because I frequently visit Cross Validated at work.
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Seeing bs ad URLs on SO... is this a bug?

For me at least, some ads are not rendering and a URL is shown instead: Is anyone else experiencing this bug? Here is one URL where I see this bug: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/57826099/how-...
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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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Question's first two line and the upvote arrow are clamped

It looks like this, with upvote arrow and some content hidden while the markdown is this: I am using Safari 12.1.1. No ad-blocker and with Ghostery, got the same results. Refreshing it ...
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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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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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Is Safe Frame added yet?

It looks like for a couple months, SO has been trying to add Safe-Frame. (And indeed implement Feature-Policy.) ...We are testing deployment of Safe Frame to all ads... We are trying to deploy the ...
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Microsoft Azure advertisement breaks the back button behaviour

There is a Microsoft Azure banner style advertisement (present on several sites, targeted to Dutch speaking users it appears) that breaks the behaviour of the back button. It adds the page URL to your ...
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Has the blog become a place for advertisment?

Seeing the current disruption on MSO, I took my post here. As it is not about SO, but more about SE, albeit the background of the MSO discussion certainly plays a role. Recently SE (the company) ...
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Does Stack Exchange have an Accessibility Policy?

I've seen several laudable posts on the network and associated blogs about SE's dedication to accessibility and how that informed the types of affiliate ads allowed: This blog post - "...our effort ...
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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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How successful has Stack Exchange's "teams" been so far?

How successful has the Private Q&A option been so far? Free up resources It’s expensive and time-consuming to answer the same questions over and over. By making the right information ...
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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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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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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 data is being gathered during the advertisement test? What about end-user feedback?

As many user have already noticed, the network is apparently undergoing some "Ads testing" aimed at evaluating the various available alternatives for publishing advertisement to the network. It is my ...
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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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It's annoying to click the top banner ad when I'm trying to click upvote

I don't know if my internet is slow, but it seems to be perfectly timed that right when I am about to click the upvote for a question, the top banner ad loads into view right where the upvote button ...
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Is there a list of all Stack Exchange sites that advertise themselves with Community Ads on other sites?

I know that some Stack Exchange sites (e.g. Writing) have community ads that they submit on other sites (example below). Is there a list of all such SE sites? I assume based on past questions that ...
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All your sites are full with ads from a company I'm not interested in. Can I somehow turn them off?

As example: (Originally from the main page of the Android SE) However, I am not really interested in Microsoft's products, and their flashing1 things about their latest, most wonderful offers are ...
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Ads acting strange?

I was on Arqade, and I noticed an ad that I wasn't particurlarly interested in, but thought I'd take a look. Immediately after clicking it, I was taken to link 1. Perhaps it is something to do with my ...
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"For security reasons, framing is not allowed; click OK to remove the frames" when clicking on "Question advertisement" in sidebar

In the side bar on the right, I saw a cross-site "ad" for a Music question with an interesting title. I clicked the ad, then was met by a browser alert with the warning For security reasons, ...
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Is the revenue made by the Amazon Affiliate link rewriting enough to offset the costs of maintaining it?

As most of us active here know, all Amazon links that are posted here (at least for U.S. amazon.com, not for Amazon in other countries, e.g. amazon.co.uk, amazon.in, etc.) are rewritten to go through ...
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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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"Meet our team" is a click bait

Please stop opening the jobs page of the company when I click on a username. E.g. when clicking this one, my obvious intention is to "meet your team" (check the profile pages) and not to earn you ...
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Make it clear that advertisements are "official" and not spam or part of the answer

Today I saw this, and on first glance it looked as if the advertisement was part of the answer: On first glance it's not trivial to spot it's not part of the answer, and the small Like/Dislike ...
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Empty ads frame creating extra whitespace

Update: @Kevin made a very good observation in a comment. Looking at the Chrome inspector, it looks like this is an empty Google ads frame. Original post: I've noticed on a couple SE sites that I ...
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Mobile web missing ads

Wow, margin! (between the comment section and the answer section) The screenshot is taken from Ask Ubuntu and it's actually the same on all sites where I don't have 200 reputation. Is advertisement ...
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How long will Strangeworks sponsor the Quantum Computing site?

I read this blog post about quantumcomputing.stackexchange.com. Per Robert Cartaino♦ comment reply in this Q&A about sponsorship generally @benisuǝqbackwards Since this is being administered ...
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