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We're testing advertisements across the network

Please forbid animated ads. From the discussions on this Meta.SE question and this Workplace Meta question (there are probably others), it's pretty clear that the community does not want animated ads ...
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Why is Stack Overflow trying to start audio?

Update: 2019-06-27 We’ve been working on a lot behind the scenes and wanted to give an update here. On Stack Overflow specifically the ads are delivered directly through us or relayed through ...
Nick Craver's user avatar
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We're testing advertisements across the network

If you see any ads that are inappropriate or have any questions about this experiment, please let me know by starting a new question... I am not quite comfortable with above. Using meta to report ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

I'm glad to hear that topical ads are still your goal. It's obviously going to take a while to get there, so in the meantime, are there any coarser filters that can be applied? Certain types of ads ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Affiliate Ads Are Coming To The Network

Even Google has an imperfect record on filtering malware out of the ads they serve. (E.g. recently YouTube was serving coin-mining ads). What measures are you taking to avoid hand-selecting ads which ...
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Stack Overflow is not trying to start audio

According to a post from another staff here, they said, in bold, that they are aware of the issue and not OK with it. But now you're trying to excuse it as acceptable. Is SE really going to go in this ...
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Stack Overflow is not trying to start audio

TL;DR: "The sca.js pixel as mentioned collects data required for ad verification. There is no individual user tracking happening as the browser signals they collect via their js does not collect ...
Zoe - Save the data dump's user avatar
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We're enabling display ads on select Stack Exchange sites

I think enabling advertisements is a good thing. The method of advertisement Stack Exchange uses is the least annoying advertisement I know, and often communities have asked can you show me ads now I ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

I am quite sorry, but I don't think I can help you at these conditions. Please don't get me wrong, but as I read this announcement I can't help but to get a "let's try an see what happens, maybe ...
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Update to our Advertising Guidelines

Will you disclose your "certain trusted advertisers" list?
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We're testing advertisements across the network

Stack Exchange sites are the only sites I have ever whitelisted in my ad blocker. The second I see an animation, I'm going to block all your ads. Your choice.
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Affiliate Ads Are Coming To The Network

After reading all of the existing answers, I wanted to add my two cents to the conversation. I generally hate advertisements. I use numerous ad blockers and tracking prevention mechanisms such as ...
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Update to our Advertising Guidelines

Following the moderation strike, an agreement was reached that includes "gathering community feedback before committing to a major change to the platform". I am not aware of an attempt to ...
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Today's inappropriate ad: Playboy model on Biology

Every time you post one of these, I think: The Twitter/HNQ incident around this time last year was caused by the question title, "How to approach a friend about his girlfriend asking to sleep with me?...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

It seems that this system into which I have been investing my time, mostly by answering questions, has taken an important pivot in the business model. I understand that organizations need revenue. I ...
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Update to our Advertising Guidelines

Now that the use of retargeting pixels is allowed for advertisers, SE should remove/update the following line in the Activity Data section on the User Preferences page: Stack Overflow never sells or ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

I block all ads, on all websites, without exceptions. Here is my feedback: All ads are spammy. All advertising networks are bad. All ads are low-quality. I don't care how carefully you vet them. Ads ...
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Kind, courteous, inclusive, intolerant of bigotry, racism, etc. Fine, I agree. Now what about my feelings as a mod?

Recall that the "Twitter incident" involved someone on Twitter complaining about question titles shown in the Hot Network Questions list that were arguably inappropriate. The title particularly ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

Which sites is this experiment running on? As far as I've seen so far the exact list of site hasn't been documented officially. I've said this before, but I really think that this kind of drastic ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

For several days I've noticed that all "community ads" have disappeared, and intermittent "team" ads (irrelevant to the site) popped up for at least a day. The particular site is tex.stackexchange. ...
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NSFW video and annoying animated advertising on Music SE

SE has already subverted their no animated ads policy in the past few months, which finally led me into installing AdBlock Plus. I think it's time for everyone to enable their ad blocker on SE now, ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

Thanks for putting this on Meta so we can condense a lot of the information here. I'm wondering if we're going to see ads tailored to particular sites in the future. I'm as glad as anyone that we can ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

As a point for historic reference, you may want to consider the Spanish Fork, when the Spanish-language Wikipedia contributors left for a forked version of the project when Wikipedia announced it ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

We've received reports ... We've also received reports ... This is a big problem. Start taking some responsibility of the content posted on your site, before it goes onto the site. As a publisher, ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

I don't have a problem with ads in general. But I see that animated ads are being allowed. Animated elements of any kind make the web cognitively inaccessible for people with visual processing ...
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Ads on SE sites are excessively animated, irrelevant, dubious and resource-intensive

Reading this question I decided it would be worth checking if the situation is indeed so bad. Spoiler alert: IT IS. I tried opening a page on Science&Fiction using Edge. I was prompted with an ...
SPArcheon - on strike's user avatar
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We're testing advertisements across the network

I am concerned based on the examples cited by Monica and HDE 226868 and what they've already seen on the network. These examples - Bikini ads on Workplace and foreign language ads on Seasoned Advice ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

If you wish to report an advertisement, please take a screenshot of the ad and paste the URL (if possible) along with the site where you saw it to a comment or answer. I'll report it to the ads team ...
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