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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 -- especially obnoxiously-animated ones with lots of movement and eternal looping. SE's longstanding policies on the sites with curated ads (SO and a few ...


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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 specific 3rd party providers. The latter is where the fingerprint issue lies. We are trying to address this on a few fronts: We have contacted Google for assistance ...


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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 inappropriate ads sounds like a sensible idea at a first sight but the thing is, it was already tried with job ads at Stack Overflow and has proven to work rather ...


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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 that are not generally inappropriate might nonetheless be inappropriate on particular sites; can we do anything about that? Examples: ads for mail-order meat (...


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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 conceal malicious JavaScript content? Is the JavaScript content that is served as part of the ads going to be hosted on Stack Exchange domains?


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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 have gained enough rep to hide them? or can our site have ads too?. That demonstrates the good mindset SE has to their users. Today, it got a little easier ...


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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 direction? Is it going back on the statement that it will prevent this from happening in the future? From the linked post: Thanks for letting us know about ...


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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 any PII." is wrong, SO isn't starting audio but ads use it for fingerprinting, IAS ToS + GDPR invalidates the quote. Please use an ad blocker and stay safe ...


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Go ahead and do it! I'm one of those who probably wouldn't even notice the change, since the smallest monitor I'm using is a 1680x1050 one. And on my 1920x1200 monitor I have even configured Chrome to zoom to 125% on the SE sites that I use, because I have a lot of unused space. So I know it's easy for me to say to do it, since I am substantially unaffected ...


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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 they won't get too angry" vibe - I really don't get how much research has been done BEFORE and how much you expect to learn from the users having to face actual ...


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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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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 Ghostery and AdBlock. But, since I became involved in the Stack Exchange Network, I turned off my ad blockers for all the network sites, because I understand that ...


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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 understand that although I thought of it as "investing", and I have spent many days learning the community standards and working within the communities here, ...


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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?" and "How do I tell students at a school I volunteer at to stop flirting with me" appearing on the sidebar on top of each other, in that order. That text was ...


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People are asking for specifics about the browser width data we collected, what the numbers are, and how we collected them. So I'll try to answer those. How did we collect them? We simply measured window.innerWidth at the time of the ad request, and included it in the query string. The query string is captured in our traffic logs, so we can go back and ...


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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 are not good content. If you have to sell ads to remain in business, your business model is, in the long-term, unsustainable, and you should be focusing your ...


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Well, "80 pixels" doesn't sound as bad as "Sidebar, now 36% wider!" but it's still annoying to have larger ads, particularly since these ads don't go away for higher reputation users. Consider hiding one of the two possible sidebar ads for high rep users to compensate for the 36% increase in ad space. You don't always display two ads anyway, so making it ...


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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 change should be put on the relevant meta for each site that is part of the experiment (as long as it's a reasonably short list, otherwise it should be a globally ...


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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 called out was: "How do I tell students at a school I volunteer at to stop flirting with me?" This was considered so bad by SE that IPS was immediately dropped from ...


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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. The community worked pretty hard to craft ads to call attention to non-stackexchange resources that would be useful to newbies first visiting the site -- ...


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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, had anyone disabled it before. Oh what? NSFW video??? Are we going to see more than 15k bottles of Viagra from Kenya??? Where's your stand? Please, Stack ...


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What? I already very reluctantly made my browser window wider to accommodate Stack Exchange's current width. It's already too wide for comfort, it doesn't leave enough room for a decent-width window on the side. And now you want to make it even wider? Ok. Time to learn more about CSS and get rid of all that right margin junk. I'm disappointed that you don'...


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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 keep Joel caffeinated, and since the 2016 announcement and the 2018 update on the ads program, I was looking forward to this move a little, because there had ...


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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 would consider running ads. It is why Wikipedia still does not run ads, puts more focus on its nonprofit status, and has so much focus on fundraising by donations ...


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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, you are already legally responsible for it, so it will actually be in your own best interest to spend a minimum of effort into reviewing advertisements.


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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 difficulties. Specifically, it violates WCAG success criterion 2.2.2 by including auto-moving elements that can't be paused by the user. What happened to your stated ...


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Funny enough, we recently added a user preference for employees to turn this privilege on and off for testing purposes. We've been talking about rolling it out to all users since it's been asked for before. We mostly don't want people to feel pressured to turn on more advertising. You earned the privilege... you should feel free to use it. I guess that's ...


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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 ads for a bus/pullman service.... nothing I will ever be interested in since I think it was for a country far off where I live. That said, what is far more ...


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