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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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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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Contributors shouldn't see these ads, especially if they're not content curated specifically for the topic of the stack. You don't need revenue from impressions/click throughs from active community members. We already freely give you the content that's generating the "100K page views per second", despite being such a small, small footprint of the total ...


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feature-request Please change the voting buttons. We're Stack Exchange, not Facebook ... One does not simply like or dislike a synonym proposal. I understand positioning the score between two triangles (like on posts) might eat too much vertical space, but maybe you can position them horizontally like this: ^ 0 v. Or bring back the old synonym vote buttons,...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 - seem rather low quality. Frankly, they sound like something that should have been caught before going live. Can you explain a little bit about how the ...


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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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Generating revenue from non-technology sites will enable us to dedicate more resources to meeting your needs so this is good news! I'd like to hear more about this "good news". The response from Stack Exchange staff on the Photography site (see What can Stack Exchange do improve this site to better build a photography community of practice here?) has been ...


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support Not sure whether it is a bug or known feature. If I filtered a tag, in the result set I want to sorting the data, so sorting the result by clicking the sorting icon, but instead of sorting with in the result set, it cleared the filter text and reset the filtered result set. I expect when the search result set is displaying, clicking on the sort ...


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feature-request I don't see a way to see all the proposed synonyms. The old one had 4 tabs: All Suggested Active Merge The new one has just 3: Active (analogous to 3) Pending Approval (analogous to 2) Pending Merge (analogous to 4). Can we please have the all filter back? Thank you.


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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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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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bug status-completed The sort isn't pagination friendly. The sorted order isn't saved when visiting the second or third page. I sorted the "Creator" tab in the ascending order, and it worked properly. The URL was https://stackoverflow.com/tags/synonyms?tab=Creator&dir=Ascending&filter=Active. (Notice dir=Ascending). When I visit the 2nd page, ...


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I am more worried about the next move. OK, you have realized that your current buziness model is not so efficient and you need ads to make the sites running. I am not an expert and I should leave the technical complaints to the more qualified people. Some may even feel sympathetic and support this decision. Personally, I'll use my precious ad-blocker ...


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feature-request Thank you for the ability to sort the fields. I've been using SEDE to sort, and having it on the synonym page makes it really easy. However, on the "Pending Approval" page, there is no way to sort the "Score" column: I think the "Score" column is the one that needs to be sortable, as it would make it really easy for me to go through ...


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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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feature-request When you're on the proposed synonyms page and you're the final vote on a proposal (4th up or second down), nothing happens, just the score changes. If you refresh the page it will be gone, but it would make more sense to have something see if it was the last vote and hide the row, for a visual confirmation that it's done.


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At least allow the current reduced ads privileges to continue operating The people who generate the content that generates ad revenue shouldn't be subject to the same level of ads Don't block adblock users I know I personally will delete my account if that becomes a thing (especially if uBlock even can't get around it :-) ). Glaring at you APKMirror. I'm ...


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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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A small inconsistency: Only the # OF RENAMES is aligned to the right, everything else to the left. Is that intentional? It's slightly confusing, because there's also such a large gap between it and CREATED.


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I don't think monetization on it's own is bad, you need to keep the servers running the employees paid and happy. But I will echo some sentiment on the part of others here; if you think "Reactive" is good enough, you're wrong. It might be 1 strike or 3 for some users. I run u-block origin, most of the sites I visit are white listed; If i enjoy their content ...


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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 and we can track it down to investigate. This is a nutty solution. Were any engineers were involved in the discussion about how to report ads? Why don't you ...


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bug Clicking on the tag in the "Target" column sometimes throws a 404 error I noticed this on BoardGames.SE. There are tags that do not have a number after them. Clicking on them throws a 404 error. For instance, clicking on [eldritch-horror-cities-in-ruin] navigates to https://boardgames.stackexchange.com/tags/eldritch-horror-cities-in-ruin/synonyms, ...


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So why aren't beta sites being recognized as healthy communities? Writing.SE clamours for graduation, as well as other beta sites like BoardGames.SE that have been in existence for over 9 years! There is no question that these are healthy communities (it certainly meets Jon Ericson's definition presented at the start of the podcast), and yet their requests ...


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The value in StackExchange, is its contributors. So StackExchange seeks to punish its contributors with ads? How is this a "good thing"? How is this the best way to generate revenue?


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